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Banding Together for Waterfowl

Conservation in Canada

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by Mike Anderson, Ph.D.

While great progress has been made in conserving Canadian waterfowl habitats, many challenges lie ahead for DU and its partners.

As a North American, I carry two passports. One from the United States represents my heritage and continuing ties to the country of my birth. The second reflects the 37 years I have worked and lived in Canada since following the ducks north as a student researcher. I have been privileged to witness waterfowl conservation across the length and breadth of our continent. These reflections flow from that experience...

A Tale of Three Ducks

A mallard duckling hatches in a snowberry patch in the pothole-rich Allan Hills of central Saskatchewan. She first takes wing from a farm pond and, by fall, leaves the prairies heading south by southeast through Iowa and Missouri. Eventually, she winters along the Cache River and the flooded rice fields of eastern Arkansas. In spring, she travels back north through Nebraska, pausing to feed for a while in the Rainwater Basin, before continuing through the Dakotas and back to Saskatchewan to raise a brood of her own (on her second try). Flying south a little later the next fall after rearing a brood and replacing her wing feathers, her journey ends on a November morning when she is shot by a 12-year-old boy hunting with his uncle on Missouri's Duck Creek Conservation Area.

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