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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 and the California Drought
Ducks and geese may face severe water and food shortages in the Central Valley this year



Understanding Waterfowl: Beaver Ponds and Breeding Ducks
Growing beaver populations have created an abundance of high-quality habitat for waterfowl



DU & UND Duck Nest Cam: Bluewing Leaving Nest
Blue-winged teal hen leaves nest



Understanding Waterfowl: The Nesting Period
The health of waterfowl populations depends largely on the ability of the birds to successfully nest and hatch broods



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


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