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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: 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



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



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



Waterfowl Feeding Adaptations
Ducks and geese are well equipped to find food in a variety of habitats


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