Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada

November 14, 2012 12:09 ET

From the Marsh to the Table

Waterfowling book honours Canadian conservationist Dr. Frank Baldwin

STONEWALL, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2012) -

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To many, the late Dr. Frank Baldwin, a medical scientist by profession, was not only a long-serving Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) volunteer, donor and board member, but a committed conservationist and avid waterfowler. From the Marsh to the Table was published in Dr. Baldwin's honour and reflects his life spent in appreciation of waterfowl.

This 130-page cookbook contains a collection of recipes, as well as lessons, experiences and endearing stories from Dr. Baldwin's amazing life in wild places. He believed that properly preparing and cooking waterfowl was an important aspect of hunting and one not always well understood by hunters.

"Frank began compiling his recipes for a book," says Ali Baldwin, Frank's wife, "but it was really after he died that we, his family, wanted to ensure it was published. We also wanted to make sure it contained not just recipes, but also some of the beautiful stories he wrote, drawn from his experiences living and hunting on three different continents over six decades."

Beautifully illustrated with original artwork, sketches, photographs and images, the book reflects Dr. Baldwin's love of waterfowl, wetlands and all things to do with waterfowling.

"Ducks Unlimited Canada was founded by passionate waterfowlers like Dr. Frank Baldwin who understood the importance of conservation," says Tom Worden, DUC president. "We were incredibly fortunate to have someone like Frank connected with our organization. He gave so much of his time, energy, knowledge and skill."

Dr. Baldwin was recognized for his many achievements by receiving the 2002 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the first Lieutenant-Governor's Greenwing Conservation Award for Manitoba in 2005.

The official launch of From the Marsh to the Table takes place November 27th at 7 p.m. in the Atrium at McNally Robinson in the Grant Park Mall in Winnipeg, Man. Frank's family will be reading passages from the book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at McNally Robinson, as well as online at and through select other locations. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to support DUC education, research and habitat conservation programs. To find out more, please visit

Alex Svenne, Chef and Owner of Bistro 7 1/4 in Winnipeg, Man. had this to say about the book:

"This is the type of cookbook I love! More than just a collection of recipes, From the Marsh to the Table by Dr. Frank Baldwin is filled with clear instructions, fascinating stories and tasty tidbits of food lore. This book will become an essential handbook for hunters and any cook who, like me, loves cooking duck and other waterfowl."

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at


Conservationist & Author Frank Baldwin PhD.

Dr. Frank Baldwin (1934-2011) was a scholar, medical scientist, orator and writer, as well as a sportsman, naturalist, waterfowler, breeder of Labrador retrievers and gifted decoy carver and wooden boat builder. A long-time volunteer and board member of Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), he lived life to the fullest and enjoyed the harvesting, preparation and consumption of the feast, particularly as it related to waterfowl.

Dr. Baldwin was passionate about all aspects of education. He was well known at DUC for his work with the Mentored Hunt Program and volunteered to teach many prospective waterfowlers the basics of ethical hunting and preparing their harvest for the table. The degree of interest expressed by both old and new hunters was the impetus behind the cooking classes Dr. Baldwin gave in his own kitchen. As a result of the classes, it was suggested he compile his recipes and create a cookbook to help educate waterfowlers.

Work on From the Marsh to the Table was almost complete when Dr. Baldwin died at the age of 76 in May 2011. His wife, Ali and children, Frank and Olivia, worked with DUC to complete this special project.

"This is a healing project for our family," Ali says. "We're committed to having Frank's book be something unique that Frank would have been thrilled to see in its final version. This waterfowling book reflects Frank's passion for the marsh, for waterfowl and the feast they provide, and hopefully engender that same sort of passion in waterfowlers of the future."

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  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Amy Doerksen
    National Manager, Communications and Marketing
    (204) 467-3258