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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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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

The Incubation Period
For female waterfowl, hatching a nest requires a big investment of time and energy

The Salt Marsh Sovereig
Food and habitat resources needed for wintering black ducks

Waterfowl Hybrids
Crossbreeding produces rare and interesting birds but also threatens the survival of some species

Dressed for Success
A drake’s bright colors and a hen’s dull plumage both play crucial roles in breeding

Extrapair Paternity
Many waterfowl broods include offspring from more than one male

Fueling the Engines
Feeding and digestion in waterfowl

Waterfowl Renesting
For many species of ducks, persistence is crucial to reproductive success

The Curious Lives of Sea Ducks
The breeding and feeding habits of these remarkable maritime birds differ greatly from those of dabbling ducks

Waterfowl Vocalizations
Interpreting their odd assortment of whistles, grunts, quacks, honks, coos, clucks, and trills

Waterfowl Mating Systems
"Until death do us part" - A statement that is generally true for geese, but not ducks.

Parental Care
Early life for young waterfowl can range from surviving in a single-parent family to living a bird’s version of an Ozzie and Harriet-style childhood.

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