Podcast

Why Birders and Waterfowl Hunters Are Natural Allies

As wetland habitat disappears, both parties share a commitment to conservation.

This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide.

Transcript:

This is BirdNote.

When a birder meets a duck hunter on a trail through a marsh, it might seem they have little in common. This is an unfortunate misperception, because the two often share essential values: a fascination with waterfowl and a commitment to conserving wetlands.

Thanks to the political will and financial contributions of waterfowl hunters and organizations like Ducks Unlimited, natural wetlands that might otherwise have been lost have been preserved. Waterfowl hunters dedicate millions of dollars every year to the conservation of wetlands. Some of the wildlife refuges we treasure were purchased with funds from the sale of duck stamps to hunters and other conservationists.

The overall impact of hunting on waterfowl numbers is modest, and it’s regulated by scientific management. Ducks and geese persist in great numbers after the hunting season ends. The key to their continued abundance is the conservation of habitat. But waterfowl habitat is diminishing across North America. This is where we need the shared efforts of those natural, if at times unacknowledged, allies: birders and hunters.

Learn how to get your own duck stamp. Begin at our website, BirdNote.org. I’m Michael Stein.

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Credits:

Written by Bob Sundstrom

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Chris Peterson

Narrator: Michael Stein

Bird audio provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Canada Goose flock recorded by W.W.H. Gunn. Female Mallard quack and chattering males recorded by A.A. Allen.

© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org           February 2017  

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