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Vail Valley duck hunters preserving habitats

Lauren Glendenning
lglendenning@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” Those in Colorado’s Vail Valley who don’t like hunting or hunters can’t say they don’t do useful things for the environment ” Ducks Unlimited is a perfect example.

Ducks Unlimited, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wetlands and waterfowl, is made up mostly of duck hunters ” thousands of duck hunters.

The group sees the importance of preserving these habitats, which stretch from Canada to all over the United States, because the habitats serve people and wildlife, said Tom Mullen, the local Ducks Unlimited chairman.

“Many organizations made up of hunters cross over with environmental and conservation (interests),” he said. “We want to see land used to benefit wildlife and people. You can’t have just one, central focus; it’s all interconnected.”

There are about 250 local members of the national group whose local projects are mainly fundraising. The organization boasts an efficient use of its money, with 88 percent going directly back to conservation projects, Mullen said. The other 12 percent is spent on administrative costs and marketing.

“It’s all about conservation,” he said.

Conserving wetlands and grasslands are huge priorities for the group, because ducks mostly nest in grasslands, according to ducks.org, the organization’s Web site.

The group isn’t an in-your-face kind of conservation group, Mullen said. Its main purpose is to let people know about the importance of conserving waterfowl habitats, especially the fact that ducks migrate, meaning larger areas of land need protection.

The local chapter’s biggest annual fundraiser is Saturday at 4 Eagle Ranch. The dinner and auction’s proceeds will go directly to conservation projects put on by Ducks Unlimited.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com

What: Ducks Unlimited fundraiser

When: Saturday, at 4 p.m.

Where: 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott

Cost: $75 for individuals, $100 for couples. Price includes membership to the organization and dinner. There will also be a silent auction and a live auction.

Visit ducks.org to learn more about Ducks Unlimited’s conservation efforts around the country and in Canada.