Putting Your Donation To Good Use

All proceeds from the Event will benefit two louisiana projects

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Northern Pintail Research Project

The continental population of the Northern Pintail remains below the long-term average despite three decades of favorable habitat conditions on breeding areas. This decline concerns waterfowl scientists as uncertainties remain around its causes. Given the large proportion of the annual cycle spent in nonbreeding areas, it is important to understand pintail behavior and how habitats within these areas may influence population dynamics. Waterfowl researchers have designed a study to address this important gap in knowledge, and we need your help to fund it.

OBJECTIVES

  1. Compare spring migration and wintering strategies (migration speed, arrival date on breeding areas, etc.) of hens and the relationship of those strategies to their reproductive success.

  2. Identify critical stopover areas for pintails migrating from different wintering areas.

METHODS

Researchers will capture and attach solar GPS-GSM tracking devices to a sample of northern pintails at each of six major wintering locations annually for three years. Yearly trapping goals are as follows: Texas coast (40), California (40), Louisiana coast (20), Arkansas (20), Texas panhandle (20) and New Mexico (20). A total of 480 hens will be marked across the study.

WHAT WE HOPE TO LEARN

  1. Body Condition - Body condition is an indicator of bird health and associated with overall survival and productivity. Frequent monitoring of body condition will reveal the influence of habitat type and quality on bird health, survival and reproductive success.

  2. Habitat Selection - Understanding nutrition, energy metabolism, and daily energy expenditure during winter and migration may be particularly important to our understanding of northern pintails, given their opportunistic pattern of habitat selection.

  3. Migration Ecology - Th is study will help identify important stopover sites, link individual behavior and habitat use to reproductive success and unravel differences in migration strategies within and among wintering regions.

  4. Habitat Changes - On wintering areas, information is needed on the response of populations to provision of restored wetland habitats and increasing urbanization.

The pintail is a species of greatest conservation need in many State Wildlife Action Plans and continues to be a species of focus in all four Flyways. This is a $1.6-million project designed to inform conservation and management efforts surrounding the northern pintail. To fully fund this important research, Ducks Unlimited is seeking $250,000 from individuals in Louisiana. Ducks Unlimited will leverage your donation with other funding sources across the country to maximize the benefits to waterfowl science and help us understand this iconic bird.

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Cameron Prairie Terracing Project

Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public for consumptive and non-consumptive recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, bird watching, sightseeing and photography. It’s circular wildlife drive is a popular opportunity for easy access.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of the project is to restore ~1,800 acres of coastal marsh from less productive open water to a diverse array of highly productive habitat types.

METHOD

Construct ~35,000 linear feet of marsh terraces to facilitate sediment capture and marsh accretion.

PROJECT ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS

This project will help combat the overall net loss of wetlands in Southwest Louisiana. The earthen terraces will create suitable conditions for desirable plant communities that will enhance foraging, loafing, and nesting conditions for a multitude of waterbirds while also enhancing habitat for fi sh, and supporting the natural-resource-based economy and culture of Louisiana.

PARTNERS

Ducks Unlimited, Fox and Baldwin LLC, Energy Transfer, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cameron Parish School Board, and North American Wetlands Conservation Council.

Total project costs = $1.1 million

Total philanthropic need = $125,000

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For more information please contact
Mr. Bob Dew, Director of Development – Louisiana
337.408.3288  •  bdew@ducks.org