A little after World War II, nature lovers in the United States made an alarming observation; the vast flocks of wild ducks and geese were disappearing rapidly due to the destruction of their natural habitats. In 1930, Joseph Palmer Knapp, an impressive magnate and North American philanthropist, who is considered the father of the organization, created the foundation More Game Birds in America, which would later serve as the base for Ducks Unlimited. The foundation ignited an intensive study for years which resulted in three conclusions: more than 70% of waterfowl were born in three provinces in Canada, the advance of civilization was overtaking the primary area of growth of these species, and floods and droughts were gravely affecting the reproduction of these birds. They had to take immediate efforts towards rehabilitation and the preservation of the primary areas of nesting and breeding in Canada.
January 29, 1937, Ducks Unlimited United States was created as a non-profit organization, the only one of its kind, dedicated to the conservation of waterfowl. The United States government encouraged the movement, granting tax exemption to those who contributed to the ambitious programs that were being proposed. A few years later, the sister organization Ducks Unlimited of Canada was founded. In Mexico, the preoccupation for the conservation of the wintering habitats of migratory waterfowl led a group of well intentioned people, conscious of the problem, to enter into a contract with Ducks Unlimited of the United States. In this way, Ducks Unlimited of Mexico was created in March of 1974, establishing its headquarters in Monterrey, N.L. DUMAC was born as a shining light as the problem of waterfowl had created a conscience movement in the diverse regions of Mexico, where there were testimonies of the ignorance and apathy of society. For that, the birth of DUMAC was eagerly awaited by a large group of people, who would later be the first partners of the organization.
In April of 1976, DUMAC enthusiastically began its first project, which was the first of its kind in Mexico: The Lerma Project in the State of Mexico. Motivated by the success of the Lerma Project, the organization launched, two years later, the rehabilitation of four other natural areas: Vicenzio-Zacatepec in Puebla, Rodeo-Coatetelco in Morelos, Estero Valle of Las Garzas, and Estero Potrero Grande in Colima. Those first steps, in addition to the enthusiasm and visionary spirit of those who developed the DUMAC mentality in those first years, yielded amazing results over time.
A significant number of conservation and wetland restoration projects, in addition to generating important information through the development of projects such as wetland inventory classification, research projects, education, and technical assistance programs have been launched within 35 years of organizational life. These programs have integrated educational components and the dissemination of knowledge, generated in the area of wetland conservation. We are part of a history of 70 years of an international struggle for conservation of wetlands and waterfowl in North America.