D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
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Hunting and Fishing

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

When printed off and signed the hunting pamphlet above will act as an official Refuge Hunting Permit for that year.

 


Migrating Mallards!

 

Every week, over 100 biologists, wildlife managers and other experts rank the progress of mallard migration in their areas.These rankings do not depict mallard abundance; they indicate the relative progression of the fall migration. Estimated peak numbers of mallards may be lower or higher than average numbers during previous years due to annual variations in local wetland and environmental conditions. As a result, a dark color does not necessarily mean that lots of mallards are present in that region.

These maps depict real time estimates of migration without the benefit of waiting until the completion of migration before providing assessments. Revised maps will be posted in February. Some variation in results may also occur depending on the number of experts reporting for a given week.

The mallard migration observation network was established as part of a broader project to use GPS satellite telemetry to better understand mallard movements, distribution, and habitat use. The rankings provided by participants this fall will be compared with the locations of mallards marked with GPS satellite telemetry units to help determine if mallards carrying the additional weight of a transmitter display normal migration behavior.

 

Last updated: August 14, 2014