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 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 takes place in the North Dakota portion of the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) 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. Learning how landscape level modifications impact breeding pairs helps to focus Ducks Unlimited's conservation efforts.

Participate in a citizen-science project

Ducks Unlimited believes the public must understand and value wildlife for conservation to be effective. The DU/UND partnership at the Coteau Ranch is part of a larger citizen-science initiative. The university's Wildlife@ Home initiative asks non-scientists to help review the large volume of videotapes from nestcam projects across North Dakota. Increasing the number 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.  

More about the DU and University of North Dakota nesting camera project.

Update on the research in the Bakken.



Past research updates: