As the organization notes
, "DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows." So began the organization and its mission of focusing on habitat conservation for North America's waterfowl.
Today, Ducks Unlimited
is "the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization."
January 29 marked
the official 75th anniversary of the organization and celebration events
are continuing throughout the year.
"The vision of Ducks Unlimited is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever," states
In recognition of DU's 75th anniversary, it seemed appropriate to have a photoshoot featuring the animals the organization is helping to fill the skies.
There are many types of waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and swans. Since there are also a number of species of each, and given that I am not an ornithologist, I used the DU "Waterfowl Identification" site
and the Birds-Of-North-America.net site
to attempt to identify the subjects I photographed. I apologize in advance if any of the waterfowl have been misidentified. Moreover, there were no swans available for the photoshoot that took place at Lake Bella Vista in Bella Vista
Readying for the Photoshoot
Even though they are not English geese, as the two Graylag Geese, featured below, walked passed what came to mind was Abigail and Amelia Gabby from Disney's The Aristocats.