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Nature or Nurture

Both instinct and learning play important roles in shaping waterfowl behavior.

Saving Great Lakes Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited is working to protect vital wetlands in the Great Lakes watershed, a critical area for waterfowl in the Midwest.

Waterfowl CSI

Isotope analysis is helping researchers solve waterfowl mysteries.

The Salt Marsh Sovereig

New research is looking at the food and habitat resources that must be in place for wintering black ducks to thrive.

Fueling the Migration

During spring, waterfowl need high-quality wetland habitat to fuel their journey to the breeding grounds.

Dressed for Success

A drake’s bright colors and a hen’s dull plumage both play crucial roles in breeding.

Redhead Hens: The Parasite Queen

Redhead hens are one of the most common duck species to engage in nest parasitism, laying their eggs in the nests of other hens and leaving their young to be reared by them.

How Ducks Navigate

Birds use several visual and nonvisual orientation mechanisms to navigate. Some of the visual cues include the sun, polarized light, the stars, and even landmarks.

Conserving the Chesapeake Bay

An intimate relationship between ducks and water quality restoring habitat in an historic waterfowling region

A Brighter Future for Great Lakes Mallards

Ducks Unlimited researchers explore the needs of mallards in the Great Lakes and the implications they have on DU's conservation strategy.
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