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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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State of the Ducks
A closer look at the remarkable diversity of North America's ducks and the status of their populations



Understanding Waterfowl: Flocking Together
While most waterfowl seek isolation during the breeding season, the birds are often highly gregarious the rest of the year



Understanding Waterfowl: Brood Ecology
A closer look at the amazing journey ducklings make from fuzzballs to fledglings



Waterfowler's Notebook: Anatomy of a Duck Call
A custom call maker explains how a duck call works from the inside out



Understanding Waterfowl: Duck Salad
Aquatic plants are a vital food source for many species of waterfowl



Photo Essay: The Redhead
Encapsulating versatility and beauty















Understanding Waterfowl: Courtship and Pair Bonding
For waterfowl, timing is everything when selecting a mate












Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowl Counts Reveal Impressive Numbers
Jan. 21, 2014 – Mississippi Flyway – Mississippi






Migration Alert: Mid-Winter Thaw Benefits Colorado Waterfowlers
Jan. 17, 2014 – Central Flyway – Colorado






Migration Alert: 800k Mallards Counted in Arkansas
Jan. 10, 2014 - Mississippi Flyway - Arkansas





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