California based Ducks unlimited as a new director of Operations for the western region. Jeff McCreary will now oversee the office established to help restore and protect diminishing wetland habitat in Idaho, Washington, Oregon as well as California, Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.


“I am pleased to announce that Jeff will be leading Ducks Unlimited’s conservation efforts in our Western Region,” said Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop. “Jeff’s experience and passion for the DU mission make him the right person for the job. DU and its partners have conserved more than 984,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in the U.S. portion of the Pacific Flyway alone, focusing on the top conservation priority areas in this flyway, including the Central Valley and Pacific coast of California, the Pacific Northwest and the western boreal forest. I know Jeff’s leadership will help us continue that success.”

McCreary, who assumed his new position December 1st received his bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of California at Davis, and his master’s degree in wetland ecology from Duke University. Jeff began his DU career in 1999 as a biologist covering Idaho, eastern Nevada and Utah. In 2004 he became an outreach biologist in California, working closely with the DU regional directors and state volunteer leadership teams spreading the word about DU’s conservation successes.

"Jeff’s commitment to Ducks Unlimited is just one of the reasons I am confident he will lead our Western Region to even greater success," said Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam. “He has been a vital part of Team DU for more than 20 years and the director of conservation programs for the Western Region since 2010. He is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts in the Pacific Flyway.”

In his spare time, McCreary, a National Conservation Leadership Institute fellow, and his wife, Holly, tend a small Chinese medicinal herb hobby farm. He also enjoys time in the duck blind with Ginger, his golden retriever.

“Since my first day working for DU it’s been more of a lifestyle than a job,” McCreary said. “It’s still that way, but now even more so. I’m honored to still be part of this incredible team, in the Western Region and Team DU as a whole. I look forward to our future success.”

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