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YUKON FLATS: Refuge Ducks Go Global!
Alaska Region, June 2, 2010
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In December of 1964, an American Widgeon carrying a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service metal leg band was recovered in Colombia. This duck was unique because its journey began the previous August on the Refuge where it was banded by Biologist Jim King.

More recently, a Northern Pintail banded in 1995 was recovered in Japan. Ducks from the Refuge have been recovered in 43 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and other notable locations, such as Haiti, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Panama, and even Russia. In total, 4,135 ducks banded on the Refuge from the 1950s to the 2000s have been recovered. The recovery of these ducks highlights the Refuge’s importance as a breeding area for birds that travel around the world.

To view an interactive display of the recovery locations of these ducks, visit http://alaska.fws.gov/nwr/yukonflats/wildlife.htm. Click on the link to waterfowl band recovery locations (Note: you must have Google Earth installed on your computer to view the locations). Once the file is opened click on individual points for specific details about each of the ducks

Contact Info: Nicole Gustine, 907-456-0386, nicole_gustine@fws.gov
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