As waterfowl hunters with strong connections to the land, they recognized that habitat loss was contributing to declining waterfowl and wildlife numbers in the places that inspired their connection with nature. Someone needed to act fast before they were gone, forever.
Ducks Unlimited established our Canadian operations in 1938 and we got right to work taking care of threatened wetlands on the drought-ravaged prairies. Our original conservation volunteers, most of them hunters, were some of Canada’s first “citizen scientists”, recording the ducks, geese and wildlife they saw using wetlands and other natural spaces.
Our early conservation pioneers would be proud to know they started something that has led to stable continental waterfowl populations, and ongoing opportunities to harvest birds from the wild.