What We Do
Once we lose a wetland, it’s really hard to get it back to its natural state. We have a variety of conservation programs designed to restore wetlands but the best thing we as Canadians can do is to prevent wetland loss in the first place. DUC delivers on-the-ground conservation projects, research, education programs and policy work to conserve, restore and manage wetlands.
We have over 75 years of conservation excellence to our credit and are the most trusted and respected conservation organization in Canada. We are conserving Canada’s wetlands, the foundation to a healthy environment and future. Make your contributions to the environment count. Wetlands such as marshes, ponds and bogs:
- filter water and provide safe, secure water sources
- provide essential habitat for waterfowl and wildlife; including species at risk such as the piping plover, the northern leopard frog, and snapping and painted turtles
- reduce flooding, drought and erosion
- lessen climate change impacts
- offer recreational and learning opportunities in nature
To date, DUC has completed 9,557 habitat projects and conserved 6.4 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat. Here are some numbers from our 2015 Annual Report:
- 6.4 Million acres of habitat secured (2.6 million hectares)
- 9,726 Habitat Projects completed – conserving and protecting Canada’s natural beauty and ecological assets
- 127 Million acres of habitat positively influenced (51.4M) – restoring and maintaining the wetlands and grasslands
In Alberta, conserving habitat that benefits waterfowl, other wildlife and communities across the province requires strong partnerships and a vision for the future. Flooding and drought are devastating realities for people living in the Prairies. Albertans know all too well the impacts these events can have on communities, livelihoods and the environment. The Government of Alberta has created a new Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program to combat the impacts of these extreme weather events – and DUC is poised to lend a helping hand.
The program provides grants to municipalities and organizations for projects that enhance watersheds’ resiliency to the impacts of flooding and drought. DUC submitted a proposal requesting $11.6 million for a three-year period to conserve and restore wetlands on 1,380 acres (558 hectares) in flood and drought-prone areas of south central and southern Alberta.
In Alberta, conserving habitat that benefits waterfowl, other wildlife and communities across the province requires strong partnerships and a vision for the future. Our work with the provincial government and the success of our education programs are two highlights from the past year that are moving us closer to our conservation goals.
The Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) provides scientific research for DUC. Its respected team of biologists finds answers to important environmental questions and establishes the value of wetlands to society.
DUC delivers the Project Webfoot education program to thousands of students and teachers annually and partners with interpretive centres where the public explores and learns about wetlands firsthand.
DUC works with all levels of governments, advocating for programs and policies that benefit wetlands and stop critical wetland loss.