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American Black Duck

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Edited by:
Michael J. Mac (Edited By), Paul A. Opler, Catherine E. Puckett Haecker, Peter D. Doran

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Abstract

A brief summary of the annual cycle of the American Black duck (Anas rubripes) is presented. The history of the American black duck population is tracked by the Mid-Winter Index (MWI) and related to annual harvest. Previous to effective restrictions in the United States in 1982 and later in Canada, the MWI was declining significantly at about 4% annually. Since restrictions were established the black duck population has stabilized, but to reach the goal of 260,000 wintering black ducks in the Atlantic Flyway continued or even more restrictions will be necessary. If the number of breeding pairs can be increased from current levels the black duck population is expected to increase.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
American Black Duck
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, Va.
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
First page:
198
Last page:
200