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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

Mulard
2014-09-08 16:31:03

The mulard, also known as the moulard, is a breed of domestic duck that was developed by crossbreeding the pekin duck breed and the Muscovy duck. It is not considered a breed or species hybrid due to the species classification of the Muscovy and the breed status of the pekin duck, which is a derivative of the Mallard duck species. However, it is considered to be a genera hybrid due to the genus classifications of the mallard and muscovy ducks. As is common in F1 hybrids, the mulard is...

American Pekin Duck
2014-09-03 12:09:51

The American Pekin duck, also known simply as the Pekin duck or the Long Island duck, is a breed of domestic duck that originated in China. It was developed using mallard ducks and was brought to the United States in 1873, after which time it became the most popular commercial duck in the country. Today this breed constitutes about ninety-five percent of all duck meat consumed in the United States. The American Pekin duck typically weighs between eight and eleven pounds. It stands slightly...

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...

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