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Capturing American black ducks in tidal waters

Journal of Field Ornithology

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Abstract

We modified conventional, funnel-entrance dabbling duck bait traps to increase captures for banding of American Black Ducks (Anas rubripes) in tidal saltmarsh habitats of Smith Island, Maryland, one of the few remaining strongholds for breeding Black Ducks in the Chesapeake Bay. Traps and trapping techniques were adapted to tidal creeks and refined to improve capture rate, reduce mortality, and minimize interference by gulls. Best results were achieved by synchronizing trapping with predawn, low-tide foraging patterns of Black Ducks. Trap entrances were critical to retaining ducks, and use of loafing platforms reduced overall mortality to 3% of captures per year. We captured 3071 Black Ducks during the 14-year period, 1984-199

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Capturing American black ducks in tidal waters
Series title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
Volume
71
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
153-158
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
First page:
153
Last page:
158
Number of Pages:
6