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Waterfowl Research Articles


The following articles were previously featured in the "Understanding Waterfowl" column of the Ducks Unlimited Magazine.
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Understanding Waterfowl: Ways of the Wigeon
These fascinating ducks have many characteristics and behaviors that set them apart



Understanding Waterfowl: Tracking the Black Duck
DU research sheds new light on this prized bird's migration habits



Understanding Waterfowl: Waterfowl Feathers
Ducks and geese rely on their remarkable plumage for many things, but especially to keep warm



Waterfowl Diseases
Ducks and geese suffer a variety of illnesses that are seldom evident to people









Duckling Survival
A variety of factors influence how many young ducks fly south each fall.



Waterfowl Mating Systems II
How ducks and geese select their mates and maintain pair bonds varies among species.



Waterfowl Sex Ratios
A variety of factors influence the proportion of males and females in waterfowl populations.



Diving Ducks: Into the Deep
Diving ducks are perfectly designed for feeding in deep-water habitats.



Life in the Egg
A look at the incubation process of the egg



Nest Site Selection
Where ducks make their nests is vital to the birds' breeding success






Nature or Nurture
Both instinct and learning play important roles in shaping waterfowl behavior









Webbed Wonders
Waterfowl use their feet for much more than just standing and swimming






Waterfowl CSI
Isotope analysis is helping researchers solve waterfowl mysteries



Getting Ready for the Migration
After the breeding season, ducks must molt and must build energy reserves in time for fall migration


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