Dan Ray, of Georgetown, South Carolina, was elected to Ducks Unlimited’s national board of directors during the organization’s 82nd annual national convention held recently in Hawaii.
“Ducks Unlimited’s board of directors provides the leadership we need to fulfill our mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl,” said Ducks Unlimited Chairman of the Board Paul Bonderson Jr. “Ducks Unlimited board members do not get paid for their work. These dedicated men and women volunteer their time and resources because they are passionate conservationists. I welcome each new board member and look forward to working with them in the years to come.”
Dan Ray is an investment banking executive. Ray has been an engaged Wetlands America Trust (WAT) trustee since 2005. WAT is the land trust arm of Ducks Unlimited. An ardent conservationist, he placed his 3,400-acre plantation property, Annandale Plantation, under permanent conservation easement with Ducks Unlimited and generously donates his plantation and time to numerous returning combat veterans and nonprofit wounded service member organizations. He and his wife, Linda, have two sons and a daughter.
“Ducks Unlimited’s dedication to putting conservation on the ground is unique,” Ray said. “While the mission is focused on waterfowl and those who enjoy them, the impacts of conserving and restoring waterfowl habitats reach much farther. Wetlands provide cost-effective flood control, coastal resilience, clean water and recreational opportunities as well.”
In addition to new board member elections, this year’s convention featured a celebration of the successful completion of Ducks Unlimited’s ambitious “Rescue Our Wetlands: Banding Together for Waterfowl” campaign, which raised an astonishing $2.34 billion and conserved 2,236,435 acres of habitat for waterfowl, other wildlife, people and the communities in which they live.
This year’s convention also featured opportunities for conservation-related education, special tours and entertainment as well as a Friday keynote addresses by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.
The second annual Wings Over Wetlands Awards Gala, held to honor Ducks Unlimted’s top volunteers, was again hosted by conservationist, environmental journalist and television personality Jeff Corwin.
Ducks Unlimited gave Special thanks to First National Bank of Omaha, provider of the official Ducks Unlimited Visa card, for sponsoring this year’s convention.
Next year’s Ducks Unlimited National Convention will be held May 26-30 in Orlando, Florida.
For a complete list of DU’s volunteer board of directors, please visit www.ducks.org.
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.