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Black Duck Joint Venture: An International Program to Conserve the American Black Duck
Radio-marked Black Duck flying away after transmitter attached; photo by Jerry Longcore--Link to Current Projects
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Measuring feather growth on molting Black Duck; photo by Jerry Longcore--Link to Photo Gallery
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Patuxent Wildlife Research Center has maintained a strong focus on black duck research in support of the Black Duck Joint Venture (BDJV). Patuxent's current work on black ducks includes the following :

Survival of American Black Ducks During Staging and Migration

Outcome of Aggressive Interactions Between American Black Duck and Mallard

Sizes of Sympatric American Black Duck and Mallard Broods

American Black Duck—The Birds of North America

Effects of intermittent fasting on body composition and reproduction of American black ducks in winter and spring

Effects of fasting on American black ducks in autumn

Changes in numbers of American black ducks counted in the mid-winter survey in Maryland

American black duck breeding success on Smith Island, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Dynamics of Wetland Use by American Black Ducks and Mallards

Water Level and Hunters Affect Use of Habitat by American Black Ducks in Lake Champlain, VT

"Black Ducks and their Chesapeake Bay Habitats" Symposium

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Background Information:

Black Duck Joint Venture Strategic Plan, April 1993

Black Duck Joint Venture, Excerpt from 1995 Progress Report

For more information about waterfowl and other joint ventures, visit the USFWS North American Waterfowl Plan Office.

Visit our BDJV Photo Gallery

For questions about Black Duck research at Patuxent, contact Jerry Longcore.

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