Year of the conservation champion
2013 is the Year of the Conservation Champion. I’m building a conservation community and challenging every Canadian to make a difference. My goal is encouraging all 34 million of us to get involved and get outdoors. Check out the timeline below to see what’s happening to get this conservation community off the ground and in-flight!
November 18, 2013
Taking a stand for wetlands
Our newest Newalta Wetland Hero and Award of Merit winner is Chelsi Malach from Virden, Man. Learn how this up-and-coming conservationist is engaging others in wetland conservation!
April 24, 2013
Eight-year-old hosts charity art show
After visiting the DUC booth at a local festival, eight-year-old Olivia became determined to help the ducks and save their habitat. This young champion hosted her own charity art show, with all proceeds to DUC. Learn more about her event.
March 8, 2013
Getting knee-deep for wetlands
Ever since she donned a pair of chest waders on a high school field trip to Oak Hammock Marsh, University of Manitoba grad student Laura Groening has been an advocate for Manitoba’s wetlands.
February 11, 2013
Turns out ice is not only great for stick handling pucks..
It also makes shimmying your latest dance move a breeze! Watch this little star show us how she makes use of Canada’s winter wetlands.
February 1, 2013
Congrats to Brendan Kelly, our newest Newalta Wetland Hero!
Brendan is a nest box building machine. He’s pounding nails for conservation and giving ducks across Newfoundland new places to call home. Learn more about this young conservation carpenter.
December 17, 2012
Learning about wetlands is actually VERY cool…
A gaggle of students hung out at a weekend DUC workshop learning about marshes, ponds, the critters that live there, and the great things they do – and to talk about how they can be Conservation Champions! These teens and their schools are pumped to make a difference. Hear what they thought of their wet weekend getaway.
December 10, 2012
Happy holidays, duck fans!
Just finished racing in Germany at the World Cup and now I’m heading home to spend QT with family and friends. I love the holidays. It’s about relaxing and enjoying good times with loved ones but… it’s also the perfect time for to get outside and get active. Learn how I’m challenging YOU to be Conservation Champions this Christmas season.
October 31, 2012
This guy knows how to git’er done!
Ken Rosin is an Ontario landowner giving back to ducks, wild turkeys and deer by putting wetlands back on his property. Ken truly is a Conservation Champion and is being honoured with a 2012 Grand River Watershed Award. Way to go Ken! Check out this great video!
October 5, 2012
I surprised the heck out of 500 little Wetland Heroes
Wanna know a great way to start your day? Try surprising over 500 awesome kids at Royal Oak School in Calgary. I popped in on a special morning school assembly recognizing these little Newalta Wetland Heroes for doing wicked stuff to protect a natural area by their school. Check out the video!
September 27, 2012
The Calgary Herald thinks I’m an Olympic golden boy
Not a bad nickname that’s for sure. And I’m as proud to represent Canada on the world stage as I am representing Ducks Unlimited Canada. We’ve got the gold when it comes to amazing natural areas! Read more!
September 27, 2012
Talking ducks at Calgary’s Breakfast TV
Over a nice cold glass of OJ, I talked shop with the hosts of Breakfast TV. Told them all about DUC turning 75 next year, what the Year of the Conservation Champion is all about and why people need to connect with the outdoors. Squeezed in an update on my skeleton training too! Watch online!
What defines a champion? Is it the medal proudly hanging around an athlete’s neck? Is it the fastest time?
It’s both of these things. But it also means taking pride in your country and taking a stand to protect it. As Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) newest ambassador, I feel like a champion when I’m helping bring attention to the important work they do.
Did you know that up to 80 acres of Canada’s marshes and ponds are lost every day? The scary part is, they are being lost faster then they can be replaced. This loss needs to stop and we need your help.
Being a Conservation Champion isn’t about the fastest time or scoring the most goals, it’s about doing what you can to help protect and conserve Canada’s precious natural areas.
There’s lots of ways to get involved:
- Volunteer your time
- Have fun attending a DUC fundraiser
- Buy some awesome DUC branded merchandise
- Make a donation
- Help develop good wetland policy
- Visit a wetland near you and just connect with nature!
Jon Montgomery, Skeleton Racing
DUC Ambassador, Olympic Champion, Five-time Canadian Champion