July 17, 2014
CAFNR Duck Migration Study
New satellite-tracking study reveals mallards are using conservation lands. Researchers Dylan Kesler and Lisa Webb explain about their latest research involving satellite tracking of mallards.
Mallard ducks monitored with remote satellite tracking technology during their 2011-2012 migrations extensively used public and private wetland conservation areas, a joint research program has found.
This is the first time that ducks have been so closely tracked during the entirety of their migration from Canada to the American Midwest and back again.
Scientists now have baseline information for future research into what influences migration flight paths, landing site selection and foraging behavior. The data will also be useful to conservationists looking for ways to ensure healthy duck populations into the future.
The research was conducted by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri, U.S. Geological Survey, Missouri Department of Conversation, the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission, Ducks Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Credit: University of Missouri