Ducks Unlimited Podcast

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Ducks Unlimited Podcast brings engaging, entertaining discussions focused on all things waterfowl – science, research, hunting, migration, and much more. Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher provide compelling conversations about ducks and geese with special guests, Ducks Unlimited magazine contributors, state and federal agency biologists, and DU conservation staff throughout the North America.

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Bonus Episode – Migration Alert: Real-Time Hunting and Habitat Update for Michigan & Indiana

With winter weather immanent across the Great Lakes, host Chris Jennings brings Jay Anglin, DU’s Great Lakes Region migration editor on the show to discuss what he is seeing and hearing in Indiana and Michigan. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 25 – Introducing a Science-Based Approach to Duck Migration Forecasts (Part 2 of 2)

Host Dr. Mike Brasher brings in Dr. Mike Schummer to explain his current project of a weekly duck migration forecast. Schummer is the Roosevelt Waterfowl Ecologist at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you. Read the transcript.

Bonus Episode – Migration Alert: Reports of Massive Concentrations of Redheads Along Texas Coast (Nov. 6)

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher talk with Andy Stetter, supervisory wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex in south Texas. Stetter spent the weekend chasing ducks along the coast and witnessed huge flocks of redheads arriving along the coast. Listen to his report. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 24 – Introducing a Science-Based Approach to Duck Migration Forecast (Part 1 of 2)

Host Dr. Mike Brasher brings in Dr. Mike Schummer to explain his current project of a weekly duck migration forecast. Schummer is the Roosevelt Waterfowl Ecologist at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you. Read the transcript.

Ep. 23 – Elevated Great Lakes Levels in 2019       

Host Dr. Mike Brasher talks with Kali Rush, regional biologist in DU’s Ann Arbor, Michigan office about elevated lake levels and how the high levels in 2019 impact waterfowl habitat. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 22 – Two Sides of a Drought

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher discuss an Understanding Waterfowl column Brasher wrote several years ago regarding how drought impacts waterfowl habitats negatively and positively. Brasher explains that while most people think that drought is detrimental to habitat, it actually has many benefits. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you. Read the transcript.

Ep. 21 – DU Chief Scientist Explains Hunting Pressure and the Impacts on Wintering Distribution (3 of 3)

Dr. Tom Moorman, DU's chief scientist, joins host Chris Jennings to discuss one of the biggest questions from last season, “Where were the ducks?” In this episode, Moorman focuses the conversation on hunting pressure, and how that can impact wintering waterfowl distribution. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 20 – DU Chief Scientist Talks Landscape Changes in Regard to Wintering Distribution (2 of 3)

Dr. Tom Moorman, DU's chief scientist, joins host Chris Jennings to discuss one of the biggest questions from last season, “Where were the ducks?” Moorman brings to light several landscape changes that can shift wintering distribution of waterfowl in North America. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 19 – DU Chief Scientist Discusses Last Season’s Question “Where were the ducks?” (1 of 3)

Dr. Tom Moorman, DU's chief scientist, joins host Chris Jennings to discuss one of the biggest questions from last season, “Where were the ducks?” Moorman brings to light the perfect-storm of weather conditions that created frustrating waterfowl seasons for many throughout the country. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Bonus Episode – Migration Alert: Cold Front Should Push Remaining Waterfowl Out of Prairie Canada (Oct. 31, 2019)

Dr. Scott Stephens, Ducks Unlimited Canada’s director of operations for the prairie and Boreal Forest goes into detail about how the migration progressed across the Canadian Prairie Pothole Region. Stephens shares some insight into why the latest cold front will send the majority of waterfowl south. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 18 – Dr. Brasher Discusses Research Performed on Paired Drake Mallards Versus Unpaired Drake Mallards

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher discuss Brasher’s Master’s Degree research project that focused on learning what unpaired males did during the breeding period. His research worked to gain a better understanding and definition of bachelor groups that are not counted in waterfowl breeding surveys.

Ep. 17 – Marsh Terracing in South Louisiana

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher discuss DU’s Marsh Terracing Projects in Coastal Louisiana. Marsh Terracing is one of the many ways DU, working with many partners, is combating marsh loss along the Gulf Coast. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 16 – Celebrity Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois Joins the Show

Host Chris Jennings sits down with Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois, celebrity chef and Ducks Unlimited supporter. Bourgeois talks about his affinity for the outdoors, wild game cooking, and growing up with DU in south Louisiana. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you. Read the transcript.

Ep. 15 – Notes from the 2019 North American Duck Symposium  

Host Chris Jennings is joined by co-host Dr. Mike Brasher from the North American Duck Symposium. Mike brings to light the fascinating research being done by waterfowl scientists all over the continent. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 14 – Talking Blue-winged Ducks

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher talk about blue-winged ducks – blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, and northern shovelers. Mike discusses these species unique abilities and what separates them from other waterfowl. He also provides an update on how these species’ names have been updated based on phylogenetic classing. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 13 – Waterfowl Staging Before Migration

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher discuss the unique life cycle period in which waterfowl stage on the prairie, preparing for migration. Ducks and geese alike have a singular focus at this time, which is also valuable information for hunters in these regions. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 12 – Tony Vandemore Joins the Show to Discuss Habitat Changes Caused by Spring  Flooding (Part 2 of 2)

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher catch up with Tony Vandemore, co-owner and operator of Habitat Flats. The crew discuss the habitat changes brought on by spring and summer flooding in Vandemore’s region of northwest Missouri and how this may impact migration and wintering. They also touch on 2019 Light Goose Conservation Order and a few other topics.

Ep. 10 – Urban Mallard Research with Dr. Ben O’Neal (Part 2 of 2)

Host Dr. Mike Brasher discusses interesting research being done on urban mallards and the role they play in hunter harvest with Dr. Ben O’Neal. O’Neal serves as a wildlife ecology professor at Franklin College just south of Indianapolis and is studying the impacts of urban mallards in relation to harvest opportunities for hunters near metro areas. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 9 – Urban Mallard Research with Dr. Ben O’Neal (Part 1 of 2)

Host Dr. Mike Brasher discusses interesting research being done on urban mallards and the role they play in hunter harvest with Dr. Ben O’Neal. O’Neal serves as a wildlife ecology professor at Franklin College just south of Indianapolis and is studying the impacts of urban mallards in relation to harvest opportunities for hunters near metro areas. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 8 – Jim Ronquest Joins the Show to Talk Ducks and Duck Calling

Host Chris Jennings talks with Jim Ronquest, RNT-V producer and world-champion duck caller about duck hunting etiquette, calling, and even what Ronquest’s best day of duck hunting may look like. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you. Read the transcript. 

Ep. 7 – Speck Hunting with Brook Richard from Higdon Outdoors

Host Chris Jennings talks white-fronted goose hunting with Brook Richard, Higdon Outdoors manager of corporate relations. Richard is a respected white-fronted goose caller and hunter who offers insights into becoming a better specklebelly hunter. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 6 – 2019 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations Survey – Diving Duck Species

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher are joined by Dr. Tom Moorman, DU Chief Scientist to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) report on 2019 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS, Canadian Wildlife Service, and other partners. This episode focuses on diving duck species breeding estimates in the U.S. and Canada. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 5 – 2019 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations Survey – Green-winged teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher are joined by Dr. Tom Moorman, DU Chief Scientist to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) report on 2019 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS, Canadian Wildlife Service, and other partners. This episode focuses on Green-winged teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon breeding estimates in the U.S. and Canada. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 4 – 2019 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations Survey – Blue-winged teal, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher are joined by Dr. Tom Moorman, DU Chief Scientist to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) report on 2019 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS, Canadian Wildlife Service, and other partners. This episode focuses on blue-winged teal, northern pintails, and northern shoveler breeding estimates in the U.S. and Canadian Prairies. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 3 – Pond Counts throughout U.S. and Canada, along with a Mallard Population Discussion

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher are joined by Dr. Tom Moorman, DU Chief Scientist to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) report on 2019 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS, Canadian Wildlife Service, and other partners. This podcast focuses on Pond Counts and breakdown what pond counts are, and what that means for breeding habitat. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 2 – North American Waterfowl Populations (Waterfowl Survey Overview)

Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher are joined by Dr. Tom Moorman, DU Chief Scientist to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) report on 2019 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by FWS, Canadian Wildlife Service, and other partners.The trio dive into what the survey does for waterfowl managers and what it means for waterfowl hunters. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you.

Ep. 1 – Introduction Show

Welcome to the Ducks Unlimited Podcast. Hosts Chris Jennings and Dr. Mike Brasher provide a brief overview of what to expect with the DU Podcast moving forward. The DU Podcast will focus on conservation, research, the science behind Ducks Unlimited mission, as well as hunting tactics and prominent guests throughout the waterfowl community. Download and subscribe to follow along with all things waterfowl as the DU Podcast brings the resource to you. Read the transcript.