Ducks Unlimited Research on the Prairies

In the field with DU researchers


Ducks Unlimited bases its conservation programs on the results of scientific research and the variety of habitat waterfowl need to be healthy and reproduce. Although DU has completed a wide range of studies, there is still much to learn about how the birds respond to landscape, habitat, and environmental changes. Through scientific research, DU ensures that every dollar invested in conservation programs is utilized as effectively and efficiently as possible.



Currently, DU biologists are focusing on how oil and gas developments in the dense-nesting areas of the Prairie Pothole Region may impact waterfowl nesting and brood rearing. Stay updated with this research as scientists work throughout the spring and summer months.

Where is this research?

This year's research is taking place in the Prairie Pothole Region (North Dakota) due to the high densities of breeding pairs and importance of the breeding area to North American waterfowl populations. Nearly 50 percent of North America's waterfowl population breeds in the PPR, and learning how landscape level modifications impact breeding pairs will allow Ducks Unlimited to focus conservation efforts.

Participate in a citizen-science project

Growing numbers of conservationists and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands conservation is one of three fundamental goals for waterfowl management in the 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Ducks Unlimited believes that for waterfowl and wetland conservation to be effective, the public must understand and value wildlife.  This feature is coming soon!


DU and University of North Dakota Nesting Camera Project Underway: Watch video clips from the project



Past research updates: