The Indian River Lakes region of upstate New York’s St. Lawrence Valley is characterized by a diverse ecosystem of wetlands, uplands, shorelines and riparian regions. This area provides crucial migratory and nesting habitat for many declining bird species, along with other fish and wildlife species. Unfortunately the expansion of nearby population centers, along with a high demand for waterfront property, is threatening these shorelines and wetlands. Sprawling development has fragmented the ecosystem and significantly reduced its habitat quality, and point and nonpoint sources associated with the development are introducing sediment and pollutants into the water, decreasing water quality for both wildlife and people. Thanks to a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Ducks Unlimited is working to limit these impacts and preserve the Indian River Lakes ecosystem. Read more here.