Going wild for Canada's 150th

Ducks Unlimited Canada celebrates by conserving 150,000 acres of important natural habitats

OAK HAMMOCK MARSH, MB, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ - What do you give a country for its 150th birthday? A country renowned for its wildlife and wild places. A country whose heart beats to the rhythm of four distinct seasons. Whose identity is reflected in every shining lake and stream. How about a gift that keeps it this way? A gift of conservation.

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is conserving 150,000 acres of the country's most important natural habitats. It's a gift for all Canadians. From shallow wetlands to dense forests, grasslands, salt water marshes, coastal estuaries and more, these acres are part of an environmental legacy created with the support of people across the country.

Visit DUC's storymap and take a trip across the country to see the acres that have been impacted thus far. Learn about the people and partnerships that are ensuring these areas remain part of Canadian lives and history. 

"Most Canadians would agree that much of our national pride is rooted in the landscapes around us," says Karla Guyn, DUC's chief executive officer. "Every citizen can describe a special place where they feel most alive, at peace or enjoy nature. Wildlife and the outdoors are simply part of who we are."

Established in 1938, DUC has been active for more than half of Canada's lifetime. Conservation efforts take place in every province and territory. Supporters come from all walks of life, but are united by a desire to make the country a healthier place. To date, DUC has secured 6.4 million acres across the country, and positively influenced 152.4 million acres more.

"We believe the work we do at DUC to protect and conserve the life-giving elements of natural landscapes is patriotism in its purest form," says Guyn. "It's linked to our culture, our identity and our traditions. We're proud to be safeguarding these important parts of Canada's natural heritage."

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. www.ducks.ca  

SOURCE DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA

For further information: Ashley Lewis, Communications Specialist, Ducks Unlimited Canada, 204-467-3252, a_lewis@ducks.ca

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