Wood Duck Banding

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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge bands more wood ducks that any other refuge within the Southeast Region and possibly in the entire refuge system. Annually, the refuge bands an average of 739 wood ducks. The duck trap, located in the Duck River Bottoms was constructed in 1987 and rebuilt in 2007. The majority if not all the wood ducks banded on the refuge are captured in this trap.

The current banding quota is: 73 adult females; 45 adult males; 135 hatch-year females; and 84 hatch-year males. Most years these quotas are easily met. The banding data is entered into the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory’s (BBL) Band Manager database and submitted to the BBL. Wood duck productivity on the refuge is also monitored through the wood duck nest box program.