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Waterfowl Biology & Research

Learn all you could ever want to know about ducks and geese! DU biologists have accumulated a wealth of research and findings about waterfowl and their behavior.

Waterfowl ID

Waterfowl IDLearn fascinating information about various waterfowl species including breeding and migration information. Listen to what the waterfowl sound like in the wild, so you can easily identify them on your next outing.




Understanding Waterfowl

Understanding WaterfowlDucks Unlimited has conducted extensive research on waterfowl biology, and our biologists have written numerous "Understanding Waterfowl" articles.


Waterfowl Lifecycle

Waterfowl LifecycleIn the space of one year a duck experiences the full spectrum of seasonal changes that usher in opportunities & challenges.


Wood Duck Boxes

Wood duck boxes Creating a wood duck box and strategically placing it can draw birds into an area and create a local population.


Where Do Your Ducks Come From?

Did you know that biologists band more than 200,000 ducks and 150,000 geese every year?  With roughly 90,000 bands reported each year, the data explains waterfowl migration and habits.

As birds are reported or harvested, this information is placed onto maps, showing where the bird was banded and where it was reported.  These maps provide a glimpse of not only migration corridors, but where ducks in your area come from.

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Understanding Waterfowl: Cross-Seasonal Effects
Habitat conditions on migration and wintering areas may influence waterfowl breeding potential the following spring


















Migration Alert: Pennsylvania Mallard Numbers Peak
Dec. 13, 2013 – Atlantic Flyway – Pennsylvania



Current Snow Cover Map: Dec. 12
Most extensive coverage for this date in past 5 years






Migration Alert: South Carolina Hunters Off to Strong Start
Dec. 9, 2013 - Atlantic Flyway - South Carolina



Migration Alert: Winter Storm May Bring Fresh Ducks to Arkansas
Dec. 6, 2013 – Mississippi Flyway – Arkansas



Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowlers Keeping Close Eye on Weather
Dec. 5, 2013 – Mississippi Flyway – Mississippi








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