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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. 
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Monday, October 22 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
SYMPOSIUM-02: Ecology and Management of Wood Duck Ducklings and Broods in North America

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AUTHORS: J. Brian Davis, Mississippi State University; Richard M. Kaminski, Clemson University

ABSTRACT: Duckling survival is an important driver of annual fall and breeding season population recruitment in North American ducks. Although wood ducks (Aix sponsa) nest in natural cavities that generally are more protected from predators than nests of ground-nesting ducks, hens and broods use myriad habitats post-hatch that often contain diverse predator communities and unpredictable resources, such as seasonally dynamic wetlands and associated foods. We will explore a brief history of methods used to investigate survival and recruitment of wood ducks, such as tracking radiomarked females and ducklings, use of web tags and plasticine-filled leg bands on ducklings, and new electronic monitoring technologies (e.g., passive transponder tags [PIT]). We also will explore regional differences and patterns in wood duck duckling survival and recruitment using available data. Wood ducks are among the most difficult ducks to study given their use of forested/scrub-shrub and other densely vegetated wetlands. In future studies of the species, new marking and other technologies should be implemented to determine habitat-specific survival and annual recruitment throughout the species’ range and identify suitable macro- and micro-habitats for placement of artificial nest boxes to ensure their locations are not ‘ecological traps.’

Monday October 22, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm CDT
Grand Bay II

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