Ducks Unlimited launches Lab West Chapter
This province has another chapter of Ducks Unlimited, thanks to volunteers in Labrador West.
Paul Wood, has been with Ducks Unlimited for eight years and is their fundraiser for Newfoundland and Labrador, was in Labrador West last week for the group’s inaugural meeting.
The newly-minted Labrador West Chapter join the Churchill Falls and Goose Bay Chapters for a total of three in Labrador.
There are also 12 active Chapters on the island of Newfoundland.
A dozen people attended the inaugural meeting with Luke Parsons acting as chairman and Monika Rumbolt filling the role as the treasurer.
Wood gave a great presentation explaining the history, the mandate and the many initiatives of Ducks Unlimited.
He explained that between 92 per cent and 94 per cent of all money raised goes directly to funding Ducks Unlimited projects. All research is science based with education initiatives, he said, and the group promotes efforts in maintaining a healthy hunting heritage.
This organization is not only focused on ducks. Ducks Unlimited also works to identify and protect wetlands.
There are over 600 species that are directly impacted by Ducks Unlimited. The waterfowl impacted are within both the Boreal Forest and in coastal watersheds.
There are currently 44 habitat projects underway through the chapters within Newfoundland and Labrador.
The group works to place nest shelters and boxes to provide homes for waterfowl.
Ducks Unlimited also works with the province to develop wetland legislation and encourage municipal stewardship projects.
Members of the group also promote hunter safety, and provide educational opportunities for as children in classrooms, and in the field.
Fundraising is critical to the
About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited was formed in Canada in 1938, one year after the organization was started in the United States.
Their mandate is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and grasslands to benefit waterfowl, wildlife and people.
“Our goal is to ensure abundant wetlands and waterfowl for generations to come while improving Canadian lives,” the organization explains on its website.
“Since 1938, we’ve completed more than 9,720 projects and continued success of Ducks Unlimited. Government, corporate and private donations, as well as club-organized fundraising events, contribute to the organization.
For more information on the Labrador West chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and a schedule of upcoming meetings and events email: ducksunlimitedLW@gmail.com.
conserved, restored and positively influenced more than 127 million acres of habitat—an area nearly the size of the Yukon.”
Despite our progress, we still lose up to 80 acres of wetlands every day in Canada. Conserving wetlands and habitats across North America is a challenge. That’s why we bring together a number of approaches to get it done efficiently and effectively.
For more information about the work and programs of Ducks Unlimited Canada, visit: http:// www.ducks.ca/
The inaugural meeting of the Labrador West chapter of Ducks Unlimited.