Delta furthers the research that keeps waterfowl populations strong 

Delta Waterfowl believes that waterfowl management decisions should always be based on sound science. Using the latest technology, researchers answer tough questions about duck production and wetland conservation today and in the future. 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Canvasback Nest Success 

Evaluating Predator Management for over-water nesting ducks 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Hot Spot Trapping to Improve Dabbler Production 

Evaluating Predator Management for over-water nesting ducks 

delta has trained more than 600 master's and doctoral students, including some of today's foremost waterfowl biologists
canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Raccoon Satellite Telemetry 

Studying movements and habitat use of raccoons to improve effectiveness of Predator Management 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Counting Broods Using Drones 

Evaluating brood use of wetlands in agricultural landscapes 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Ring-necked Duck Tracking 

Implanting satellite transmitters to monitor movements and habitat use 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Eastern Mallard banding and isotopes 

Using isotopes to determine whether mallards are moving between the US and Canada during banding operations 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Lower Mississippi Flyway Dabbler Tracking 

Determining duck locations during hunting seasons and migration 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Working Wetlands 

Understanding farmers’ perceptions of Delta’s Working Wetlands program 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Pintail Harvest and Survival 

How does hunting harvest impact duck populations? 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Spatiotemporal Variation in Duck Demographic Rates 

How environmental change influences duck population dynamics 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Has Pintail Production Declined? 

Evaluating changes in pintail age structure and sex ratios 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Atlantic Flyway Mallard Stable Isotope 

Determining the origins of mallards taken by hunters in the east 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Canvasback/Redhead Integrated Population Models 

Determining needs for management of key diver species 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Canvasback Habitat Modeling 

Analyzing nest success in relation to habitat variables 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Mercury Loading in Nevada Wood Ducks 

Demographics of a wood duck population in a mercury superfund site 

canvasback duck hen and ducklings highlighting the success of Delta's duck production and predator management programs

Large Scale Pacific Flyway Radio Project 

Monitoring movements of geese and ducks in the Pacific Flyway 

Research Leaders

delta waterfowl's research and education program has resulted in more than 950 peer-reviewed studies

Over 300 graduate students

More than 600 papers published

Throughout the organization’s storied history, Delta Waterfowl has amassed an impressive body of research that includes supporting more than 300 graduate students and publishing 600 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Delta’s research has profoundly influenced how waterfowl, wetlands and annual harvest are managed. It has also provided biologists, technicians and young scientists with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and guidance to become leaders in waterfowl and wetland conservation. We are extremely proud that many of Delta’s former students are working for government and non-government agencies, as well as universities. Delta Waterfowl’s important waterfowl and wetland research is made possible by you — our generous donors, members and volunteers. We deeply appreciate your support.

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