The Atlantic Seaduck Project: Medical Aspects

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Some populations of seaducks, especially scoters along the Atlantic Coast, have been declining over recent decades. A joint US-Canadian tearn has been working to capture and surgically implant satellite radio transmitters in these ducks. Black scoters (Melanitta nigra) captured on the Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada and surf scoters (M. perspicilata) captured on Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA have been tracked by the use of Argos/NOAA polar orbiting operational environmental satellites to their breeding and molting areas and back south to their wintering ranges. Successful capture techniques included night-lighting and a capture net gun. A captive colony of seaducks has been maintained for feeding habits and nutritional studies. Veterinary medicine has played a key role in the surgical implantation of the satellite transmitters and in developing heath procedures for the captive seaduck colony.
Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title The Atlantic Seaduck Project: Medical Aspects
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher Association of Avian Veterinarians
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description xii, 384
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Proceedings, Association of Avian Veterinarians, 26th Annual Conference & Expo, August 8, 2005, Monterey, California USA
First page 315
Last page 318
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