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duck migration wetlands
2014-07-20 09:41:37

Jerett Rion, University of Missouri During the 2011 and 2012 migration seasons, University of Missouri researchers monitored mallard ducks with new remote satellite tracking technology, marking the first time ducks have been tracked closely during the entirety of their migration from Canada to the American Midwest and back. The research revealed that mallards use public and private wetland conservation areas extensively as they travel hundreds of miles across the continent. Dylan Kesler,...

Ducks Flock To Ricefields In Extremadura
2012-10-30 15:22:50

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Four new reservoirs linked to rice cultivation built in the middle basin of the Guadiana river in the middle of the 1990's have allowed various migratory dabbling duck species to significantly increase in number during the winter. Researchers at the University of Extremadura propose that Vegas Altas del Guadiana is turned into a new Special Protection Area for Birds. Many aquatic migratory bird populations are in decline and the loss...

2010-06-04 14:24:00

Money raised helps provide year-round sports training and competition to children with intellectual disabilities ATLANTA , June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) is holding its annual fundraiser where rubber ducks are adopted for $5 each and raced for prizes to help the nonprofit provide year-round sports training and competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The 2010 Duck Derby will feature thousands of yellow rubber ducks racing in...

2009-08-03 16:00:03

A new oral vaccine against sylvatic plague is showing significant promise in the laboratory as a way to protect prairie dogs and may eventually protect endangered black-footed ferrets who now get the disease by eating infected prairie dogs, according to results by a USGS researcher at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center. Sylvatic plague is an infectious bacterial disease usually transmitted from animal to animal by fleas. This exotic disease is usually deadly for black-footed ferrets and...

2009-04-29 16:48:34

A British store said a mother duck built her nest in its back yard and led her ducklings on a march through the shop, across a street and into a river. Workers at the Kidney Research U.K. charity store in St. Ives, England, said the mother duck has been building her nest atop a wall in the store's back yard since it opened seven years ago, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. Shop manager Carol Andrews said she had a ramp installed to allow the mother and her ducklings to climb from the...

2008-10-01 15:00:21

ENVIRONMENT Minister Trevor Mallard's sudden tough talking over water has more to do with the pending election than a real Government desire to tackle a pressing problem. Mr Mallard wants the worst of the polluting farmers to be jailed. He believes farmers and others who foul rivers, streams and lakes treat fines under the Resource Management Act as just another business expense. He criticises local authorities for over-allocating groundwater, lecturing them that they have to be smarter...

2008-09-26 15:00:24

By GORMAN, Paul Polluting farmers should be jailed, says Environment Minister Trevor Mallard. He told the Water and Wastes Association conference in Christchurch this week that he supported tougher sentences and even jail for serious water polluters. Exporters who continued to pollute or mismanage water and broke the rules were undermining their own products and the "valuable New Zealand brand". "Regional councils in particular need to be a lot tougher as far as the standards are...

2008-08-04 03:00:15

By Jennifer McLain EL MONTE - County officials still don't know what killed more than 50 ducks in the San Gabriel River in July. The dead ducks were found by a West Covina bird-watcher last month, and that prompted an investigation by the county's Department of Public Works. "After reviewing the early results of water and soil samples, we still don't know the exact cause of these avian deaths," said Kerjon Lee, spokesman for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Jennifer McLain EL MONTE - County officials still don't know what killed more than 50 ducks in the San Gabriel River in July. The ducks were found dead by a West Covina bird watcher last month, and prompted the response of the county's public works department. "After reviewing the early results of water and soil samples, we still don't know the exact cause of these avian deaths," said Kerjon Lee, spokesman for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works-Watershed Management...

Latest Anas Reference Libraries

Cape Shoveler, Anas smithii
2012-04-02 15:05:15

The Cape Shoveler, (Anas smithii), is a species of dabbling duck native to South Africa. It is also commonly found further north in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, southern Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zambia. Its habitats are open wetlands such as grassland or marshes with some emergent vegetation. This bird is non-migratory, but does have some seasonal movements. The birds binomial (species) name commemorates zoologist Andrew Smith. The Cape Shoveler is a long duck at roughly 20 inches....

African Black Duck, Anas sparsa
2012-03-22 18:23:56

The African Black Duck, (Anas sparsa), is a species of duck. Though it is a member of the genus Anas, it is genetically close in relation to the mallard group. Even with some peculiarities in behavior and plumage, it has been placed in the subgenus Melananas. It is found in central and southern Africa. It is also commonly known as the Black River Duck, West African Duck or Ethiopian Black Duck. The African Black Duck is almost an entirely black duck with white markings on its back. This...

2008-11-25 21:47:21

The Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis), is a species of dabbling duck found in Australia. It is a protected species under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. Adults are 18 to 21 inches in length. Males have a blue-gray head with a vertical white crescent. Its habitat is heavily vegetated swamps. Photo Copyright and Credit

2008-11-25 21:38:58

The Red Shoveler (Anas platalea), is a species of dabbling duck found in southern South America, mainly in Argentina. It migrates to Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil in winter. It is a rare vagrant to the Falkland Islands. Its habitat is shallow lakes and pools with dense reed beds, marshes and lagoons. Adults are 18 to 22.5 inches long and weigh 19.2 to 20.8 ounces. Its diet includes herbs, grasses, pond weeds, eelgrass and algae. It has a life span of 20 - 30 years. Photo Copyright...

2007-10-24 16:17:11

The Pink-headed Duck (Netta caryophyllacea), was a large diving duck. It formerly occurred in eastern India, Bangladesh and northern Myanmar. Its breeding habitat was lowland marshes and pools in tall-grass jungle. The last confirmed sighting of this duck was in 1935, although unconfirmed reports from India persisted until the early 1960s. It was reportedly viewed in 1988 and 2003 as well, but both sightings are unconfirmed and believed to have been a different species altogether. The...

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