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Cindy Anchor, a Pennsylvania native with a degree in fisheries and wildlife biology, just finished her second summer of research with Ducks Unlimited (DU) in the Bakken formation area of the Prairie Pothole Region. One of three crew leaders, her crew frequently and affectionately referred to her as “Mom," as something like a family formed.

DU researchers back in the Bakken for brood survey

The Ducks Unlimited research crew returned to the Bakken area of the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) August 3 to start round two of the brood survey. They will revisit 64 study plots with nearly 4,000 wetlands. “In this round we’re targeting later-nesting species,” said DU research scientist Tanner Gue. “The two rounds of brood surveys allow us to assess production of all the most common nesting ducks in the PPR.”

DU research team covering ground with brood survey

The Ducks Unlimited research crew is currently conducting brood surveys on 64 study plots across northwest North Dakota. Each plot is four square miles and encompasses several wetland basins. So far, researchers have visited more than 2,800 wetlands on 46 study plots. By the end of this week, they will have visited nearly 4,000 wetlands and finished all 64 plots.

Understanding Waterfowl: Beaver Ponds and Breeding Ducks

Growing beaver populations have created an abundance of high-quality habitat for waterfowl

Ducks Unlimited studies waterfowl production in PPR area of Bakken oil fields

BISMARCK, N.D., June 4, 2015 - Ducks Unlimited biologists are studying the impact of oil and gas developments on duck production in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) area of the Bakken oil fields. By June 12, biologists will have surveyed duck pairs in 3,000 wetlands on 62 study plots.

Ducks Unlimited Bakken Prairie Research Begins

Ducks Unlimited techs have begun surveying duck pairs on wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) area of the Bakken oil field in northwest North Dakota and northeast Montana. The technicians aim to survey breeding pairs on 4,000 wetland basins on 62 study plots this spring.

Understanding Waterfowl: The Nesting Period

The health of waterfowl populations depends largely on the ability of the birds to successfully nest and hatch broods

Ducks Unlimited continues duck research in the Bakken

Ducks Unlimited, in collaboration with partners, will be conducting a study this summer on whether oil and gas activity in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of North Dakota is affecting waterfowl. Nearly one-third of the PPR overlaps with a geological shale formation known as the Bakken, which is currently experiencing rapid rates of oil and gas development. Despite the importance of this area to breeding waterfowl and the rapid infrastructure development, very little research is currently investigating how birds’ productivity rates are responding.

Understanding Waterfowl: Brood Ecology

A closer look at the amazing journey ducklings make from fuzzballs to fledglings. By Johann Walker, Ph.D.
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