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Another Year of Wood Duck Banding at Clarence Cannon Refuge Complete
Midwest Region, October 1, 2004
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In September, a total of 192 wood ducks were fashioned with aluminum bracelets at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge. Missouri Department of Conservation biologists coordinated the effort, while the Service provided the perfect location to capture ducks without concern for the early teal season. Also, Service personnel along with members of the Elsberry FFA Chapter, provided assistance with removing the birds from nets and recording the results.

For the last three years, efforts to band wood ducks were successful in obtaining the following results:

Year Total Imm. Adult Male Female 2002 221 211 10 99 122 95% 5% 41% 59% 2003 571 543 28 235 336 95% 5% 45% 55% 2004 192 98 94 105 87 51% 49% 55% 45%

A notable difference in this year's results is the lower percentage of young birds. Field observations throughout the summer noted the same trend. Wet and cool conditions throughout the summer may be a factor in the low recruitment.

In recognition of their effort, the Service would like to thank the Missouri Department of Conservation, Elsberry FFA members and other volunteers who helped make the project a success. Nearly 40 Elsberry FFA members volunteered their time, and with the other volunteers, a total of 200 hours of volunteer time had been logged for the season.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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