North American ducks

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Edited by: Edward T. LaRoeGaye S. FarrisCatherine E. PuckettPeter D. Doran, and Michael J. Mac



Increased predation and habitat degradation and destruction coupled with drought, especially on breeding grounds, have caused the declines of some duck populations. More than 30 species of fucks breed in North America, in areas as diverse as the Arctic tundra and the subtropics of Florida and Mexico. For many of these species, however, the Prairie Pothole region of the north-central United States and south-central Canada is the most important breeding area, although migratory behavior and the life histories of different species lead them to use many wetland habitats.

Numerous sources of information are available on the status of duck populations in North America. The two most comprehensive and reliable sources are the Breeding Population and Habitat Survey, conducted since 1955 and encompassing the Prairie Pothole region, boreal forests, and tundra habitats from South Dakota to Alaska (Caithammer et al. 1993), and the Midwinter Survey, encompassing the United States and portions of Canada and Mexico at regular intervals. Results from these surveys are the basis for this article.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title North American ducks
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher National Biological Service
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Our living resources: A report to the nation on the distribution, abundance, and health of U.S. plants, animals, and ecosystems
First page 34
Last page 37
Other Geospatial North America
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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