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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. 
Tuesday, October 23 • 11:20am - 11:40am
Wildlife 2 Track: Wintering Dynamics of Gadwall in the Tennessee River Valley

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AUTHORS: Joshua M. Osborn, William D. Gulsby, Robert A. Gitzen, Gary D. Hepp – School of Forestry and Wildlife Science, Auburn University; Heath M. Hagy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, Stanton, TN

ABSTRACT: The Tennessee River Valley (TRV) provides habitat for the greatest concentration of non-breeding waterfowl in Alabama, historically supporting >200,000 waterfowl during winter. As a result, waterfowl hunting and conservation have become increasingly important in this region. Gadwall (Mareca strepera) are of particular interest because they are the second most harvested duck in Alabama (~25% of the Alabama waterfowl harvest), and the most frequently harvested duck in the TRV (~40% of the TRV waterfowl harvest). However, little information exists that describes gadwall habitat selection or response to hunting-related disturbance in the TRV, two factors which could significantly influence hunter satisfaction and, ultimately, waterfowl conservation in the region. During November—February 2017—2020 we will investigate gadwall habitat selection tendencies, winter distribution, and response to hunting pressure in the TRV. These data will assist the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other entities responsible for waterfowl management with identification of priority conservation areas and regulatory frameworks that will aid waterfowl conservation efforts and maintain or increase hunter satisfaction in the region.

Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am
Bon Secour Bay II

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