Fort Saskatchewan held their 32nd annual Ducks Unlimited fundraising event, April 8 at the Dow Centennial Centre.
"The money goes towards conserving wetlands throughout North America," Ducks Unlimited manager of events and volunteer relations, Mark DesRoches stated. "However, all the money that is raised in Alberta stays in Alberta, because it is one of the high priority areas for Ducks Unlimited Canada right now".
Ducks Unlimited has conserved 6.4 million acres of wetlands throughout Canada, 2.3 million of those acres are in Alberta.
"We are very happy to have people to continue to support Ducks as we conserve Canada's wetlands both for the people that use them as well as the animals," DesRoches aaded.
According to Ducks Unlimited Canada, approximately 64 per cent of Alberta’s wetlands have been lost or degraded in settled areas of the province.
"Wetlands are a major source of fresh drinking water. It's important that we conserve these natural ecosystems because without them we don't have the drinking water we need, and they also help mitigate floods."
DesRoches was thankful for the Fort Saskatchewan group's partnership and their help through the fundraising functions.