Ducks Un­lim­ited launches Lab West Chap­ter

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY GARY SHAW

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/

PHOTO BY GARY SHAW

The in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the Labrador West chap­ter of Ducks Un­lim­ited.

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