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Duckology with Dr. Frank – The Value of Ephemeral Wetlands in Cropland

April 25th, 2018|0 Comments

The Value of Ephemeral Wetlands in Cropland When spring arrives on the prairies, the first ponds ducks use are sheet water wetlands in farm fields. This video describes the importance of [...]

Duckology with Dr. Frank – How Late-Arriving Springs Impact Duck Production

April 19th, 2018|3 Comments

How Late-Arriving Springs Impact Duck Production Lingering winters can negatively affect early nesters such as pintails and mallards. However, this year there’s a silver lining. Dr. Frank Rohwer explains. [...]

Duckology with Dr. Frank – Pheasant and Mallard Physiology

January 3rd, 2018|1 Comment

Pheasant and Mallard Physiology Many of you have enjoyed eating game birds: pheasants, quail, turkeys, ruffed grouse and the like, in addition to ducks. You know that these birds differ dramatically [...]

Duckology with Dr. Frank – Cassis Duck

December 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Cassis Duck: Simple and Tasty This video shows a simple way to make a delicious duck dinner. Honestly, the prep time is ridiculously short and the ingredients are super simple. I assure you [...]

Duckology with Dr. Frank — Finding Steel Shot with Metal Detectors

December 19th, 2017|1 Comment

Duckology with Dr. Frank — Finding Steel Shot with Metal Detectors Many of us love to eat duck, but worry about crunching down on steel shot and cracking teeth. The short video below proposes a [...]

Flooded Timber and Thermal Imaging

December 13th, 2017|2 Comments

Flooded Timber and Thermal Imaging This 40 second video shows some footage of mallards in a great piece of flooded bottomland hardwood timber in the heart of Arkansas.  This shows [...]

Duckology with Dr. Frank — Ring-neck Study

December 1st, 2017|2 Comments

Duckology with Dr. Frank — Ring-neck Study The Ring-neck Project got its field start during the last few days in south Georgia. This short video shows some of the duck surgery, release [...]

Delta Drone Video 2

November 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Delta’s Drone Video 2 – Preliminary Predator Counts with the Drone This short video shows three combined clips from Delta’s thermal drone. These videos were captured in Manitoba. You will see the capabilities [...]

Delta Drone Video 1

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Delta Drone Video 1 - Initial Testing of the Thermal Camera This 2016 video shows the initial testing of a drone and thermal camera to detect nests of dabbling ducks. [...]

Grinding Big Canada Geese

November 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Grinding Big Canada Geese Most goose populations are doing well – many growing so fast they are creating ecological or anthropogenic issues. The good news is that hunting opportunities have grown dramatically. [...]

Mallards: How to Distinguish Drakes from Hens in the Early Season

October 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Mallards: How to Distinguish Drakes from Hens in the Early Season This week’s duckology reveals tips for how to most reliably distinguish male mallards from females during the early season. Up on [...]

Delta Decoy Hunt

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Delta Decoy Hunt This thrilling footage puts you inside a layout boat as prime drake redheads pour into a spread of hand-carved decoys. The decoys were auctioned last year at Delta Waterfowl [...]

Delta’s Drone Traveler

September 19th, 2017|1 Comment

Delta’s Drone Traveler Researcher Roald Stander searches for nesting birds using innovative science By Paul Wait Roald Stander’s ascension as a pilot has been a whirlwind experience. Literally. The 29-year-old University [...]

Duckology – Determining the Sex and Age Of Blue-winged Teal

September 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Duckology - Determining the Sex and Age Of Blue-winged Teal Many states have teal seasons in September that allow harvest of blue-winged teal, which are very early migrants. In early fall, male [...]

Examining the Pintail Problem

July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Duckology - Examining the Pintail Problem You have probably heard that the federal regulations that guide waterfowl hunting have already been set for the 2017-18 season. Unfortunately, pintail limits will be one bird [...]

Banding Canada Geese

July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Duckology - Banding Canada Geese This time-lapse video shows the process of banding Canada geese — with some added flare from Delta photographer Fred Greenslade. The birds were banded near the Delta Marsh by a team led [...]

Duckology with Dr. Frank — Snow Goose Color

May 18th, 2017|2 Comments

Duckology with Dr. Frank — Snow Goose Color Dr. Frank Rohwer explains color variations in snow geese.

Duck Bands: More Than Just Bling

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Duck Bands: More Than Just Bling How simple metal bracelets continue to aid waterfowl conservation By Veronica Davison, USFWS Sacramento Fish & Wildlife Office With a cobalt blue, cloud-filled sky overhead, [...]

The Prey of Many

February 6th, 2017|8 Comments

The Prey of Many By Paul Wait Michael Johnson monitors more trail cameras than even the most antler-obsessed, deer-hunting fanatic would ever dream of using. But the University of Minnesota master’s [...]

Fracking: No Problem for Fowl?

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Fracking: No Problem for Fowl? By Paul Wait So maybe oil and waterfowl really do mix. For the past two summers, Delta Waterfowl research technicians have been searching for duck nests [...]

How to Determine a Mallard’s Age

October 11th, 2016|1 Comment

How to Determine a Mallard’s Age By Kyle Wintersteen, Managing Editor Its head was Christmas green, its bill as yellow as the sun, and more than 20 years later I recall how [...]

Nest Searching Video: Duckology with Dr. Frank

October 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Nest Searching Video: Duckology with Dr. Frank In this episode of 'Duckology with Dr. Frank' Delta Waterfowl's president Frank Rohwer explains how researchers locate duck nests on the prairies.

Nest Building Video: Duckology with Dr. Frank

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Nest Building Video: Duckology with Dr. Frank In this episode of 'Duckology with Dr. Frank' Delta Waterfowl's president Frank Rohwer talks the nest building process for ducks.

Nest Success Video: Duckology with Dr. Frank

October 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Nest Success Video: Duckology with Dr. Frank In this episode of 'Duckology with Dr. Frank' Delta Waterfowl's president Frank Rohwer explains the importance of monitoring nest success of ducks on the prairies. [...]

Video: Killer Coots?

October 7th, 2016|1 Comment

Video: Killer Coots? Delta Waterfowl researchers captured some surprising video during our Manitoba canvasback/overwater nesting duck study: Coots harassing canvasbacks, destroying nests and attempting to attack ducklings. A member of the rail family [...]