California mallards: a review

California Fish and Game
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Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) are the most abundant breeding waterfowl species in California and are important to waterfowl hunters in the state. California is unique among major North American wintering waterfowl areas, in that most mallards harvested in California are also produced in California, meaning that California must provide both high quality wintering and breeding habitats for mallard populations to remain stable. California’s breeding and wintering mallard population estimates have generally declined since the mid-1990s. Herein, we synthesized existing information on the ecology of breeding mallards in California and summarize key demographic rates. In general, demographic estimates differed substantially from other mallard populations in North America, highlighting the importance of separate management of western mallard populations. We suggest long-term research and monitoring activities to help improve management.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title California mallards: a review
Series title California Fish and Game
Volume 104
Issue 2
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 18 p.
First page 49
Last page 66
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