Programs & Projects
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has been delivering its habitat conservation program across Ontario since 1974. Since that time, we have completed more than 2,700 conservation projects, and have conserved almost one million acres of wetland and associated habitat to date.
DUC relies on conservation planning to determine where our activities should be undertaken to enhance breeding and staging waterfowl habitat, which also improves the quality of life for all Ontarians. As a result of extensive research and the use of waterfowl and wetland inventories and monitoring programs, DUC targets its restoration activities in eight priority habitat areas across southern Ontario and along the lower Great Lakes coast.
We are proud of our partners and partnerships. Recognizing the ability to accomplish more together than alone, our programs include:
- Practical conservation solutions – We are working closely with landowners and local delivery agents in communities across the province, providing technical and financial assistance to protect existing wetlands and undertake wetland conservation projects.
- Effective wetland policy – DUC works alongside key industry, government and non-government agencies to influence, design and implement habitat conservation programs and policies that benefit us all.
- Connecting students with Nature – Our education programs provide experiences that promote an understanding and appreciation for wetlands and the environment as a whole. With understanding comes the enthusiasm, passion and respect required to drive future conservation efforts that are critical in saving these precious natural areas.
Research: A scientific approach to wetland conservation
As a science-based organization, our research looks at the importance of wetlands to the environment, economy and our daily lives. Research is central to helping us ensure we understand the impact of our conservation actions and guide the continual improvements of our programs. It is also a central pillar of our policy program, providing key information on the importance of wetland protection and restoration to government staff and elected officials.
Highlights of recent research projects in Ontario, include: