Support the Woodberry Forest Ducks Unlimited Chapter raise money for wetlands conservation. Proceeds from the raffle will directly support DU's conservation mission. DU has conserved more than 15 million acres of wetlands throughout North America including 73,000 acres in Virginia.
Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems on earth, providing environmental benefits comparable to the iconic tropical rain forests. These dynamic natural systems serve as transition zones between land and deeper water and often experience periodic wet and dry cycles in response to variable precipitation and water levels. When water fills wetlands that have previously been dry, the food chain, consisting of algae, plants, and invertebrates, explodes, supporting an incredible abundance and diversity of wildlife. When wetlands go dry, nutrients stored in plant matter decompose, aquatic insects go dormant, and emergent vegetation flourishes, setting the stage for future booms in productivity when water returns.
Waterfowl and other migratory birds are among the most visible products of these vital habitats. However, wader-clad scientists equipped with test tubes, microscopes, and flow meters have documented many other benefits that wetlands provide for people. These “ecosystem services” include removing excess nutrients and harmful chemicals from runoff, recharging aquifers used for irrigation and drinking water, and protecting communities from flooding and coastal storm surges.
Purchase your raffle tickets and support wetlands conservation!