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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...

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2011-01-25 12:13:19

The number of birds flying south for the winter in the Philippines has dropped this year and experts say the cause is the collapse of wetlands and hunting. Philippine-based Danish ornithologist Arne Jensen said the despite some harsh, cold weather across the Eurasian landmass, some waterbirds that usually migrate in huge flocks to the tropical islands have been completely absent. "The flyway populations of several waterbird species are in constant and dramatic decline," Jensen, who advises...

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...

2009-09-14 16:37:08

More than 100 dead and dying sea ducks found on two Washington state beaches likely were sickened by a toxic algae bloom, wildlife officials said. Most of the dead and sick birds were white-winged scoters and surf scoters that eat shellfish, said Julia Parrish, executive director of Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team. The dead and sick ducks began appearing Friday on Kalaloch and LaPush beaches on the Washington Coast. If you go to outer coast beaches, you might normally see one dead...

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...

2008-10-05 00:00:11

Investigators searched Saturday for the source of a mystery oil slick off the Scottish coast that has fouled scores of sea birds. Volunteers had found at least 130 birds covered with oil, The Scotsman reported. The slick in the Pentland Firth between the mainland and the Orkney Islands was first noticed in mid-week. Officials said they believe the oil was either illegally dumped by a ship or released from a wreck. Richard Bradley of British Marine Divers Rescue said the slick comes at...

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...


Latest Ducks Reference Libraries

Fuegian Steamer Duck, Tachyeres pteneres
2013-10-03 09:15:04

The Fuegian Steamer Duck (Tachyeres pteneres) known also as the Magellanic Flightless Steamer Duck, is a flightless duck located in South America. It belongs to the steamer duck genus Tachyeres. It inhabits the rocky coasts and coastal islands from southern Chile and Chiloe to Tierra del Fuego, switching to the adjacent sheltered lakes and bays further inland while breeding. It is a huge waterfowl measuring at 7.7 to 15 pounds and 26 to 33 inches with the males noticeably larger than the...

Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicilliata
2013-10-02 13:41:30

The Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicilliata) is a sea duck of large size, which breeds in Canada and Alaska. It’s placed in the subgenus Melanitta, along with the Velvet and White-winged Scoters, distinct from the subgenus Oidemia, Black and Common Scoters. It winters further south in temperate zones, on the coasts of the northern United States. Small numbers regularly winter in Western Europe as far south as the British Isles. It creates large flocks on suitable coastal waters. These...

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2013-04-23 13:18:30

The Madagascar Pochard (Aythya innotata) is an exceptionally rare diving duck belonging to the genus Aythya. Thought to be extinct in the late 1990s, specimens of this species were rediscovered at Lake Matsaborimena in Madagascar in 2006. Only 60 individuals remain after 18 ducklings hatched in a captive breeding center in April 2012. Based on the accounts written by Webb and Delacour’s in the 1920s and 1930s, it seemed that the bird was still relatively common at Lake Alaotra. The duck...

Masked Duck, Nomonyx dominicus
2013-04-23 13:09:51

The Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) is a small stiff-tailed duck ranging through the tropical Americas. They’re found from Mexico to South America and also in the Caribbean. They are primarily non-migratory. Masked Ducks are reported as very uncommon vagrants in the southernmost part of the United States, along the Mexican border and in Florida. Being the only member of the genus Nomonyx, it’s intermediate between the rather primitive Black-headed Duck (Heteronetta) and the very...

White-winged Scoter, Melanitta deglandi or Melanitta fusca deglandi
2013-04-22 17:21:06

The White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi or Melanitta fusca deglandi) is a bulky sea duck. It is characterized by its large bill and bulky shape. This is the biggest species of Scoter. The females range from 2.1 to 4.2 lbs and 19 to 22 inches, averaging 2.6 lbs and 21 inches. She is brown with pale patches on her head. The male ranges from 3 to 4.7 lbs and from 21 to 24 inches, averaging 3.6 lbs and 22 inches. He is all black, except for white around the eye and a white speculum. This...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.