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Ontario wetlands need YOUR help: Find out how YOU can help make sure wetlands are a priority with Ontario’s key decision makers.

Ontario wetlands are critical for breeding waterfowl and provide important stopover areas during migration – some birds travel up to 2,000 kilometers through Ontario on their biannual migrations. These stopovers are critical for birds to fuel-up for long their long journey south in the fall and again north in the spring. Ontario annually supports a breeding population of more than 3 million waterfowl, with 10 million ducks and geese migrating through Ontario in the fall.

Ontario is also home to 13 million people, mostly living in the southern portion of the province. As Ontario’s population continues to grow, so does the potential for conflict between competing land-uses and the environment. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is working hard to both halt further wetland loss and to restore a portion of those already lost thus ensuring a healthy environment for Ontario’s waterfowl, wildlife and people.

Did you know that southern Ontario has lost 72 per cent of its wetlands?

It’s true! Despite the fact that wetlands are one of the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on the planet – second only to rainforests – wetlands continue to be lost.

Biggest threats to Ontario’s wetlands and waterfowl habitat
Our wetland conservation programs provide a solution.
Where your support is needed

Check out current habitat conditions in Ontario.


Ontario Provincial Office
740 Huronia Road, Unit 1
Barrie, ON L4N 6C6
Tel: 705-721-4444
Fax: 705-721-4999
Email: du_barrie@ducks.ca
Toll-free: 1-888-402-4444