Top of the Flyways: DUC celebrates 75 years of conservation excellence
In the heart of the prairies at the height of fall migration, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) celebrated 75 years of conservation
excellence with friends and colleagues from across North America.
A special Top of the Flyways convention took place on October 5, 2013, with events held at the historic Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba and at DUC’s national office and flagship interpretive centre at Oak Hammock Marsh.
Speakers from across North America shared thoughts on DUC’s past, present and future during an informative and inspiring business session. Flyway Showcase
Nearly 900 visitors enjoyed a sunny fall day at the beautiful Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre to learn more about wetland
conservation. Conservationists of all ages got a hands-on look at DUC’s work and its importance in their lives. From radio telemetry demonstrations to bird identification challenges, critter dipping stations and more, the marsh was buzzing with activity. Plus, the sights and sounds of fall migration provided the perfect backdrop.
The historic cabin that once marked the spot of DUC’s first conservation project at Big Grass Marsh was the focal point for a special donor dedication. The cabin now resides at Oak Hammock Marsh, and a new cairn was unveiled to recognise more than 200 donors who contributed to a special major gift campaign in honour of DUC’s 75th anniversary.
Glamorous Galas and Down-Home dinners
Two fantastic sold-out events capped off Top of the Flyways. a signature gala at the Fort Garry Hotel was a vision of style, while the Marsh Keepers Migration dinner under a tent at Oak Hammock Marsh provided attendees with a spectacular setting to view results of DUC’s conservation work.
Saluting leaders, honouring legacies
Throughout its history, DUC has benefited from many pioneering and visionary leaders. Thirty-eight different men have served in the important and influential position of DUC President. Thirteen of DUC’s living past presidents joined delegates at the Top of the Flyways convention, and were honoured during a special ceremony.