Ducks Unlimited honors Jim Ronquest

Ronquest received DU Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – March 8, 2019 – Jim Ronquest’s work sharing waterfowl and wetlands conservation with the masses has resulted in raised awareness and participation in the wildlife management mission. Ducks Unlimited paid tribute to Jim Ronquest’s efforts by giving him the 2019 Ducks Unlimited Conservation Communications Award.

Ronquest was honored today during the 84th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Denver, Colorado.

DU’s 2019 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards were presented in six categories and recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl.

“Spreading the conservation message to the public is vital to our mission,” said Ducks Unlimited Director of Communications James Powell. “Jim’s ability to communicate to a wide variety of people, especially within the waterfowling world, makes him an asset for the conservation community.”

Ronquest’s commitment to conservation began many years ago with a childhood love of hunting and the outdoors. He won numerous duck calling titles and became World Duck Calling Champion in 2006. After that, he used his skills to produce the RNT-V outdoor television show for Rich-N-Tone Duck Calls.

Whether on television, radio, or in person, Jim has shared science-based waterfowl habitat management with the audience. He believes viewer and listener education is the key to habitat management. Ronquest’s relationships with wildlife managers and scientists make him a liaison between resource managers and the public. 
He educates today’s youth through duck calling clinics where he not only teaches calling but the ethical outdoors lifestyle.

“Every year dedicated conservation professionals are nominated for these awards. Nominees and those selected for recognition represent how people with a shared passion can achieve great things for wetlands and waterfowl conservation,” Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Nick Wiley said. “Ducks Unlimited is pleased to recognize these efforts that serve as an inspiration for others to follow. Conservation requires teamwork and only by working together can we achieve effective and lasting success.”

Ducks Unlimited’s Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards are presented annually in six categories to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. To view a complete list of the 2019 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winners, visit www.ducks.org/wetlandawards.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.