A model of the productivity of the mallard duck

Ecological Modelling
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This paper describes a stochastic computer model that simulates recruitment of the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) under different habitat conditions and management scenarios. The model incorporates several environmental phenomena and biological relations that affect mallard recruitment. Major events include arrival of mallards in the spring, daily survival of hens, initiation of nests, selection of nest sites, survival of nests until hatching, and survival of broods until fledging. The model was originally developed as a tool for synthesizing the results of research. Subsequently, we applied the model to a variety of management situations. We also describe the sources of estimates used in the model, evaluate its sensitivity to input parameters, and review some practical applications.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A model of the productivity of the mallard duck
Series title Ecological Modelling
Volume 38
Issue 3/4
Year Published 1987
Language English
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description 19 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Ecological Modelling
First page 257
Last page 275