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Duck research, NS

Our lab has been collaborating with waterfowl scientists in Environment and Climate Change Canada, Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, and Ducks Unlimited Canada, to study adult survival, movement ecology, key habitats through the annual cycle, and breeding grounds affinities of some waterfowl species in Maritime Canada.  A key focus has been on the American (Common) Eider (Somateria mollissima dresseri), a species of cultural importance in the region.  We have also conducted research on wintering populations of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and American Black Ducks (Anas rubripes), to assess why populations in Nova Scotia seem to be increasing (at least in winter), while Black Duck numbers are steady or declining elsewhere in the range.  The Sea Duck Joint Venture, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture and Black Duck Joint Venture have been partners in this work. Most recently we worked with these organizations to identify key winter habitats for Harlequin Ducks.

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