The nonprofit organization Ducks Unlimited was established in 1937 and 2012 marks its 75th anniversary. As they are beneficiaries of DU's role as the world's leader in waterfowl conservation, a number of ducks and geese "posed" for photographs.
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 DU.
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, Arkansas.
Readying for the Photoshoot