Research

Delta Waterfowl conducts innovative, historically important scientific work on ducks.

Sound waterfowl management decisions should always be based on science. It’s a philosophy Delta Waterfowl has held since Hans Albert Hochbaum began his work as the organization’s first science director in 1938 at the Delta Marsh. Delta has continually focused our research on ducks and duck hunting issues in North America. Delta’s research informs our duck production, habitat and hunter recruitment programs, as well as waterfowl management decisions throughout North America. Ultimately, all of our research supports Delta’s mission to produce ducks and ensure the future of duck hunting.

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Research Leaders

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.