Ducks Unlimited Canada - National

Ducks Unlimited Canada - National

October 17, 2008 07:00 ET

Migration 2008 in Full Swing

Canada's wetlands prime viewing spots for annual fall flight of waterfowl

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2008) - Waterfowl migration is peaking across southern Canada, and with millions of birds winging their way thousands of kilometres along the various migratory flyway corridors that span North America, now is the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of this annual display at a local wetland.

Canada's wetlands serve as welcome rest stops and refuelling stations for migratory birds. According to Henry Murkin, Ducks Unlimited Canada's director of conservation programs, "ongoing conservation efforts and good habitat conditions over the last several years have ensured a good fall flight of waterfowl this year." But Murkin also cautions that "future opportunities to enjoy the awe-inspiring spectacle could be fewer in the face of ongoing wetland drainage and degradation across the country."

That's why DUC is dedicated to putting significant efforts into the most effective on-the-ground habitat conservation programming in Canada. In addition to providing valuable waterfowl and wildlife habitat, wetlands filter our water, store and slow run-off, store carbon, and reduce greenhouse gases.

For DUC-recommended hot spots for migration viewing this fall, visit our website at ducks.ca. These areas are among the more than 8,100 wetland habitat conservation projects DUC has completed across Canada.

Photo editors: Photo attached, other photos are available upon request. Please credit Ducks Unlimited Canada. Suggested caption: "Canada's wetlands are prime viewing spots for the annual fall flight of waterfowl."

Video editors: B-roll footage is available.

To view a list of the Migration 2008 Hotspots, please visit the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/migration.doc

To view a photo of duck migration, please visit the following link:

http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/DUCK10172008.jpg

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