From 1999 through 2001 the US Fish and Wildlife Service HAPET office and the Minnesota Waterfowl Association have monitored duck nesting success in west central Minnesota. Available habitats to nesting ducks are constantly changing. Farm programs and management practices also continue to change over time. Predator populations fluctuate over time. Those fluctuations can have a direct effect on duck nesting success and production. Duck nesting success is affected by all of these changes. To accurately model duck populations and duck production, the affect of these changes in the landscape needs to be known. To evaluate the effects of these changes on nesting ducks, it is necessary to monitor their effects over time. This study was an attempt to monitor current nesting success rates and to evaluate a few variables in the landscape that may have some impact on duck nest success in western Minnesota. Approximately 12,000 acres were searched over the 3 year period and nearly 1000 duck nests were located.
For additional information about Nest Searching contact:
Habitat and Population Evaluation Team