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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,...

2014-05-02 23:07:24

Sarasota Law Firm helps advance Special Olympics funding and awareness Sarasota, Florida (PRWEB) May 02, 2014 As part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the community, the Mallard Law Firm announced today it will be a silver sponsor for the Special Olympics Florida – Sarasota County. As a sponsor, the Mallard Law Firm is helping to give people with disabilities in Sarasota an opportunity to compete against other athletes throughout Florida in the State Summer Games on May 16-17,...

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2009-02-12 15:05:47

Ornithologists have reported smaller numbers of birds native to the wetlands of the Philippines due to urbanization and growth of agriculture. Such outside influences have caused the marshes to shrink from 32,000 hectares thirty years ago to just 72 hectares today. "In the 1980s they would routinely count 100,000 wild Philippine ducks and mainland Asian garganays (wild ducks) in one day, just for the two species," Michael Lu, president of Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, told AFP. Now...

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...

2005-12-21 08:15:00

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Fifteen African ducks have won Cape Town's battle of the birds, replacing more hardy European species that have been forcibly removed from the South African tourist city's reservoirs. Officials this week released native yellow-billed ducks into two reservoirs after removing 26 mallard ducks and members of five other alien species in a programme to wipe out alien fauna and flora in the area -- recognized as one of the world's smallest distinct local ecosystems. "The...


Latest Mallard 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....

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2006-03-20 11:23:28

The Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) is a dabbling duck found throughout much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, as well as many islands in the southwestern Pacific, reaching to the Caroline Islands in the north and French Polynesia in the east. It is usually called the Grey Duck or Parera in New Zealand. This gregarious duck is found in a variety of wetland habitats, and its nesting habits are much like those of the Mallard, which is encroaching on its range in New...

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2006-03-20 11:05:26

The Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) is a medium-sized dabbling duck, intermediate in appearance between female Mallard and American Black Duck. It is closely related to those species, and is sometimes considered a race of the former. This duck is common within its restricted range located in coastal marshes in the southeastern USA, extending into Mexico. The nest is built on the ground amongst vegetation. This duck measures an average of 55cm long. Its dark body contrasts with its lighter...

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2006-03-20 10:57:08

The Laysan Duck (Anas laysanensis) is a dabbling duck which is native to Laysan Island, Hawaii. This duck is related to the Mallard, and has sometimes been considered to be an island race of that species. It has been determined, however, that it is not as closely related, but rather is a sister taxon to the Mallard and its closest relatives. Subfossil remains found on the major southeastern Hawaiian islands have been determined to belong to this species; it became extinct everywhere except...

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2006-03-20 10:25:56

The Hawaiian Duck (Anas wyvilliana) is a duck native to Hawaii. Its Hawaiian name is koloa maoli, which means "indigenous mallard", as it is the only duck species resident all year round on these islands and closely related to the mallard. This shy duck is considered to be endangered due to the loss of wetland habitats as well as interbreeding with mallards. Recent population has been estimated at about 2,525. They can live from elevations at sea level and up to 8,000 feet. Most pairs breed...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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