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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
Monday, October 22 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
SYMPOSIUM-02: Using Nest Boxes to Learn About and Help Manage Cavity-nesting Ducks

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AUTHORS: Gary R. Hepp, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University; Robert A. Kennamer, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

ABSTRACT: Much of what we know about the breeding ecology of cavity-nesting ducks like wood ducks has come from studies of individuals that used nest boxes. Few studies of females using natural cavities have been completed because of the difficulty in finding and accessing active nest sites. We will highlight long-term studies of nest-box populations of wood ducks that have provided important information about general nesting biology, behavioral ecology, population ecology, and demographic parameters like survival and recruitment. Nest boxes that are accessible can be checked often to monitor nesting activities, nest success, and to capture and band breeding females and ducklings. In subsequent years, recapture of marked individuals has provided estimates of survival and recruitment and also has revealed high levels of nest site fidelity and natal philopatry. Investigating factors important in explaining variation in female survival and duckling recruitment can help to focus future management actions. Actively monitoring nest boxes to collect these data, however, often takes considerable effort and resources on the part of management agencies. Use of citizen scientists is an excellent way to help maintain nest box programs. We will highlight efforts of the California Wood Duck Program (CWDP) which was started in 1991 by the California Waterfowl Association. In 2017, 522 CWDP volunteers monitored 5,960 nest boxes that produced 38,441 ducklings.

Monday October 22, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Grand Bay II

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