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

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

Drone Brood Surveys

Development of an operational survey to measure complete duck production

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

Genetic Identification of Redhead and Canvasback Eggs

Using genetics to confirm identity of eggs from canvasback nests

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 dabbler nest success with a new trapping technique

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 migrations and hunting seasons

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

Predator Trapping in Wetlands

Extending trapping efforts into wetlands to focus on overwater nesting ducks

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

Strategic Placement of Hen Houses

Using a suite of already collected variables that predict Hen House use to optimize Hen House placement

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

Accurizing Mid-Winter Hen House Checks

How representative are the mid-winter Hen House checks to determine prior use?

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

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

Analyzing Canvasback Production in Relation to Predators, Parasitism and Landscapes

Quantifying impacts of varied influences on localized canvasback production

wood duck

Mercury Loading in Nevada Wood Ducks

Demographics of a wood duck population in a mercury super-fund site

skunk and eggs

Using Saliva to Identify Nest Predators

Can we use residual saliva on depredated eggs to determine the nest predator?

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

Drivers of Redhead and Canvasback Populations

Using May population survey data to understand changes in redhead and canvasback numbers in the prairies and parklands

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

Comparing Four Styles of Radio Attachment

An assessment across radio attachment methods to understand transmitter impacts on mallards

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

Molting Locations of Ring-Necked Ducks

Providing Atlantic Flyway partners additional data from Delta’s recent ring-necked duck radio project

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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