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

Fueling the Engines
Feeding and digestion in waterfowl

Understanding Waterfowl: Story of the Giants
A closer look at the remarkable comeback of the giant Canada goose

Story of Survival
A variety of factors affect the longevity of ducks and geese

Trials of the Tundra
Once Arctic-nesting geese reach their breeding grounds, they are in a race against time

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

Understanding Waterfowl: Tracking the Mallard Migration
Research has provided a wealth of new information about mallard movements and habitat preferences

Understanding Waterfowl: Stopover Country
Wetlands and rivers in America's heartland provide vital migration habitat for millions of waterfowl

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

Understanding Waterfowl: Mallards and Their Relatives
These highly adaptable ducks are found in a variety of habitats across the globe

Understanding Waterfowl: Fat Is Fit
Gaining weight is a good thing for waterfowl during fall and winter

Understanding Waterfowl: Seasonal Wetlands and Breeding Ducks
These small, shallow-flooded basins are vital to waterfowl production on the prairies

Understanding Waterfowl: Drakes and Ganders
A closer look at the fascinating mating strategies of male ducks and geese

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

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

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

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

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