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






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



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



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



Understanding Waterfowl: Ways of the Wigeon
These fascinating ducks have many characteristics and behaviors that set them apart



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



Ducklings and Goslings
Young waterfowl face many challenges but are well-adapted



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.



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



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



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



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






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



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



Finding the Way
Waterfowl have amazing navigational abilities that guide their migrations



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





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