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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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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



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


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