Ducks Unlimited Canada begins Keemen search
Wetland conservation organization Ducks Unlimited Canada has begun an initiative intended to locate "Keemen," the volunteers used to monitor Prairie wetlands from 1938 to the late 1990s. The search is tied to the organization's upcoming 80th anniversary next year. Ducks Unlimited is seeking stories and photographs from past Keemen or their relatives and friends in order to share them as part of its communications program. The 3,000 volunteers reported three timed per year on duck habitat conditions in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
"The Keeman legacy lives on in the scientists who conduct critical research that guides our conservation work today," said Karla Guyn, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada. "Their passion drives the tradition of generosity within our 5,900-strong volunteer network across the country that hosts DUC community fundraising events, and in the volunteer MarshKeepers of Alberta, in our Ontario nest box stewards, in the people who hand-pull the invasive plants that are choking our wetlands and waterways,iIn any person who's been touched by the outdoors and takes action to keep it healthy."