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Waterfowl Mating and Nesting

Learn more about the nesting and mating habits of waterfowl.
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Prairie Pothole Region
Level I Ducks Unlimited conservation priority area, the most important and threatened waterfowl habitat in North America



Photo Essay: Spring on the Prairies
A look at what breeding waterfowl will find as they return to the Duck Factory



Photo Essay: Mating Games
Courtship Flights are an amazing display of color and acrobatic flying



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






Photo Essay: Nesting Habitat
Experience the images waterfowl face when they arrive on the prairies this year



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



Prairies Under Siege: Ducks, Habitat Conservation & Predators
A closer look at large-scale predator-control programs reveals that they are counterproductive to the long-term benefits of waterfowl and waterfowl hunters



Prairie Pothole Region - More Information
Background information on the Prairie Pothole Region, DU's top conservation priority area






Prairies Under Siege: The Future of the Prairie Pothole Region
Without aggressive measures to secure its habitat base, North America's duck factory faces an uncertain future



The Cover Connection
New DU research has provided more evidence that conserving large blocks of grassland is critical to prairie waterfowl populations



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.



Prairies Under Siege: New Threats to Ducks & Waterfowling
North America's Prairie Pothole Region is facing the greatest potential loss of habitat in decades



Prairies Under Siege: Science and Conservation
Science underpins DU's choices about investing habitat dollars in crucial Prairie Pothole Region habitat



Cleaning and Maintaining Wood Duck Boxes
Tips for keeping your wood duck nesting boxes in good condition season after season



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.



Prairies Under Siege
A four-part series about the science, policy & planning behind DU's conservation efforts in the Prairie Pothole Region





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