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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: Waterfowl Bands and Other Markers
Bagging a banded duck or goose is always cause for celebration, but these coveted trophies also play a vital role in waterfowl management



Understanding Waterfowl: Winter Weather and Waterfowl
Ducks and geese have a variety of adaptations to help them survive the coldest months of the year



Understanding Waterfowl: Flocking Together
While most waterfowl seek isolation during the breeding season, the birds are often highly gregarious the rest of the year



Understanding Waterfowl: Brood Ecology
A closer look at the amazing journey ducklings make from fuzzballs to fledglings



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



Understanding Waterfowl: Drought and Deluge
We can't control the weather, but conserving wetlands and grasslands on the prairies will help ensure the long-term health of duck populations



Understanding Waterfowl: The Amazing Molt
Waterfowl replace all of their feathers with new plumage at least once a year



Understanding Waterfowl: The Blue-Winged Ducks
Northern shovelers and blue-winged and cinnamon teal are among the most closely related of North America's ducks



Understanding Waterfowl: The Amazing World of Macroinvertebrates
An important food source for many waterfowl, these tiny creatures have fascinating life histories



Understanding Waterfowl: Duck Digestion
An inside look at the dynamic digestive system of waterfowl


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