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Prairie Ducks: A Study of Their Behavior, Ecology, and Management

Sowls, Lyle K.

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ISBN 10: 080325895X / ISBN 13: 9780803258952
Published by University of Nebraska Press, 1978
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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080325895X 193 pages, 11 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm "Chiefly a report of research of five species of dabbling ducks [mallards, shovellers, pintails, gadwells, blue-winged teal] on their breeding grounds in southern Manitoba. The study involved time of migration, migrational homing, home range and territoriality, nesting terrain, nesting season and behavior, breeding season mortality, renesting, hen and brood behavior, autumn behavior, and the shooting season. . . . Sowls has combined careful field work with good writing to give us a concise picture of breeding biology in these ducks. The result sets a high standard for wildlife researchers.??? Wildlife Review "Written in such a vein as to be of interest to both hunters and scientists. It is a book for the duck hunter who cares more for his sport than just carrying a gun into a marsh.???Pittsburgh Post Gazette Lyle K. Sowls is leader of the Arizona Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, University of Arizona, and Wildlife Research Biologist, United States Fish and Wild Life Service. Ducks. Birds -- Behavior. Birds -- Manitoba -- Delta Marsh. Bookseller Inventory # 056378

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Title: Prairie Ducks: A Study of Their Behavior, ...

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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The success of duck hunters throughout much of North America each fall depends to a large degree upon the spring productivity of the breeding waterfowl in the northern prairie states and the central provinces of Canada. In southern Manitoba, in the Waterfowl Research Station, a privately endowed outdoor laboratory owned by the North American Wildlife Foundation and operated by the Wildlife Management Institute. Its principal purpose is to determine facts useful in the management and perpetuation of this international migratory resource.
When Dr. Lyle K. Sowls began his studies at Delta in 1946, many wide gaps remained in the knowledge of the relationship of breeding ducks to their home range. There were many scattered observations and a growing mass of data accumulated through the study of banding returned; but the activities of individual ducks during the critical spring months and the activities and the fate of broods each summer remained largely a mystery. Sowls, working toward his doctorate in wildlife management as a graduate student of the University of Wisconsin, studied the waterfowl at Delta for five years in an attempt to plug some of those gaps through intensive study of the waterfowl on one limited are. His studies developed new techniques and brought out new facts that were startling even to waterfowl biologists, facts of prime importance to the duck hunter or to any one interest in the future of America’s waterfowl flights. As a result of Dr. Sowls’ research, new light has been shed on such factors as predation, renesting, and homing habits of the important species of game ducks, and already have become the basis for revised hunting regulations and give a new understanding of waterfowl problems.

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When Dr Sowls began his long studies of the Delta Waterfowl Research Station in Manitoba, little was known of the activities of individual birds on these vital breeding grounds. The studies brought out new facts that were startling to wildlife scientists and of importance to the duck hunter. Material recorded in this book has become the basis for revised hunting regulations and gives new understanding to waterfowl problems.

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