The Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited Chapter (DCDU) has awarded its annual conservation award to Dr. James Utter for his work as Chairman of the Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS). He will receive the award at the Second Annual Great Swamp Shoot and Conservation Program on Saturday, October 4th.
Dr. Utter has promoted conservation education and action in the Great Swamp Watershed for over 20 years. As current Chairman of the Friends of the Great Swamp, he promotes awareness of values and vulnerability of the land and is active in land conservation throughout the watershed.
A native of Oneonta, N.Y., he earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Science Education at SUNY Oneonta and his PhD at Rutgers University. He became a founding faculty member at Purchase College in 1971 where he helped develop a program in the newly emerging field of Environmental Science. His teaching and research has focused on ecology, animal behavior and conservation, with a primary emphasis on wetlands and their inhabitants.
When he became Chairman of FrOGS in 2001, the organization was well established as a “Voice for the Swamp.” He has since fostered active participation in land protection which began during a conservation effort stimulated by Governor George Pataki and led by the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Utter has written two key Federal grant proposals under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and now directs the multi-million dollar effort which, when completed, will protect thousands of acres of the Great Swamp and its buffer. The project has fostered the cooperative action of several groups including New York State DEC, Dutchess Land Conservancy, Oblong Land Conservancy, Putnam County Land Trust, and Ten Mile River Farm. FrOGS has made significant progress toward its conservation goals. His own research data on wetland-dependent migratory birds contributed to convincing the NAWCA Council to support habitat protection in the Great Swamp.
For more info on FrOGS, see: http://frogs-ny.org
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The proceeds from this Sporting Clays & Conservation Program will support the vital conservation work of Ducks Unlimited Inc., a national organization dedicated to wetlands conservation and sportsmanship. Holding the Annual Great Swamp Shoot at Dover Furnace puts the spotlight on the Great Swamp, one of New York State’s largest freshwater wetlands, located in the Harlem Valley and included within the boundaries of Dover Furnace. For more information about this event and about the work of the Dutchess County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, please contact DutchessCountyDU@gmail.com
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ABOUT DUTCHESS COUNTY DUCKS UNLIMITED: Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited was founded in 2012 by a group of committed, local conservationists – hunters and non-hunters – with a particular interest in wetlands conservation. Their mission is to bring the educational resources and waterfowl habitat restoration expertise of Ducks Unlimited to Dutchess County. In turn, the Chapter will introduce non-hunting conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts to DU’s important work in New York State: protecting waterfowl habitat along the Atlantic Migratory Flyway. Both the Hudson River and Harlem Valleys are within the Atlantic flyway, and their wetlands are used by ducks as an important stopover and breeding habitat. In Dutchess County, this premier waterfowl habitat is found in the Great Swamp.
ABOUT DUCKS UNLIMITED: Ducks Unlimited is the world leader in wetlands conservation. Founded in New York in 1937, in response to loss of habitat during the dust bowl, DU conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. The habitats are also crucial for other wildlife and human habitation. In 2012, Ducks Unlimited launched a new initiative, “Completing the Cycle,” to address the needs of Atlantic flyway waterfowl throughout their entire lifecycle. Thus far, DU has conserved more than 500,000 acres within the Atlantic Flyway zone; of those, 44,000 acres are in New York State. The Annual Great Swamp Shoot & Conservation Program helps realize DU’s vision of sustaining an abundant population of waterfowl, sufficient enough to fill the skies today, tomorrow, and forever. The funds raised from this event will help provide the funds necessary for DU to advance its work locally and nationally.