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Celebrate Spring Migration Week as Canada's land and skies come alive

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OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, MB, April 11, 2016 /CNW/ - It's happening now. Cast members are taking their places. The stage is set. Canada's grasslands, lakes, marshes and forests are coming alive as millions of migrating birds herald the arrival of spring in one of the greatest shows on Earth. Celebrate this natural spectacle with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) during Spring Migration Week April 10 - 16.

Across the country, migration is the most vivid symbol of the season. Year after year, wildlife follow their ancient instincts on incredible journeys that showcase just how resilient, resourceful and flat out spectacular nature really is. Spring Migration Week is an opportunity to celebrate.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at spring migration and learn more about the species, habitat and conservation efforts that make it possible. 

"Everyone has a favourite, telltale sign of spring," says Greg Siekaniec, CEO for DUC. "For many people, it's the first sighting of a robin bouncing across their front lawn. Others anxiously await the arrival of eastern bluebirds, another early migrant. A meadowlark perched on the top of fencepost sings a sweet song of spring to many people's ears, while the familiar 'flying V formation' of Canada geese sends a clear signal that winter is on its way out."

These birds are headed to wetlands and other natural areas across the country to breed, nest and raise their young. For 78 years, Ducks Unlimited Canada has been delivering conservation work that not only supports migration, but the many essential environmental benefits these habitats provide year round.

"From the distances they travel to the splashes of colour and life they add to the slowly awakening landscape, birds and other migratory creatures remind us how fortunate we are to enjoy this kind of biodiversity," says Siekaniec. "It's our responsibility to ensure that when wildlife arrive back on the breeding grounds, healthy habitat is in place to once again welcome them home."

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.


Video with caption: "Video: Our environment is changing. Wetlands that support spring migration and entire life cycles of hundreds of species of wildlife are being lost. Rescue Our Wetlands is a special campaign to save them.". Video available at:

Image with caption: "Arctic tundra swans mark an early sign of spring. Winging their way northward, tundra swans hoot and holler from high above, announcing the change of season like a rowdy crowd at a sporting event. (CNW Group/DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Monarch butterflies travel far distances by flying efficiently. They take advantage of air currents, soaring like many birds do. This takes less energy than constantly flapping their wings. (CNW Group/DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA)". Image available at:

For further information: Carolyn Kosheluk, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Phone: 204-467-3279, Email:


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