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Mottled Duck Project

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Uploaded on Aug 16, 2010

The mottled duck banding and telemetry project is designed to answer questions about mottled duck population dynamics and habitat use.
Birds for the project are caught in July and August at night using an airboat and spotlights to find the birds while they are roosting. Once captured, all birds receive a Federal band and suitable hens are retained for radio instrumentation. The first forty birds captured received radio transmitters which were implanted surgically in the abdominal cavity with the antennae extending upwards from the back of the bird. The birds were sedated using accepted veterinarian methods. Volunteer surgeons trained in the methodology performed the surgeries. The birds were carefully monitored following surgery and were released at the site of capture early the next morning.
Radio telemetry will provide general habitat use during the fall and winter and preferred nesting microhabitat and nesting success information during the breeding season. Our goal is to instrument up to 80 hen mottled ducks per year over the next two years for this portion of the study.
Our partners in this endeavor are Nemours Plantation Wildlife Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Mississippi State University, The Flyway Foundation and Delta Waterfowl.

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