The Green Gate
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Duck Populations
Numbers Fluctuating But Still Below Historic Levels
Findings at a glance A broader view What you can do

Take action on the Bay Area's behalf. Here are some ways you can keep ducks dabbling, diving, and thriving in local waters.

  • Avoid using pesticides and other chemicals, which can contaminate duck habitat. Limit your use of toxic chemicals such as paint thinners and varnish removers, and dispose of them properly -- never down the sink or in the street; call (800) CLEANUP to learn about safe disposal. Use natural cleaning products, such as vinegar and baking soda. Buy organic products to support farmers who do not use pesticides.

  • Support local groups that are working to protect and restore Bay Area wetlands, such as Save the Bay or the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Program.

  • You'll find lots more Bay Area green-living tips in our Green Gate Green Guides. And to keep informed and take action on the latest issues affecting the Bay Area and the rest of California, join NRDC's California Activist Network.

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