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Duck Banding information

The importance of CRP and grasslands in combination with good wetland water conditions continue to be visible with 53 percent of all ducks banded this year where young-of-year birds.

This type of production will continue to be evident with our duck banding efforts if everyone supports saving and protecting adequate nesting cover (CRP and grasslands) and wetlands.

Our wetlands, especially in the Prairie Coteau region, are of important quality meeting molting requirements for adult male wood ducks coming from many southern state’s populations. This is exemplified by the high proportion (82%) of total number (203) of wood ducks captured and banded this year were adult males (167). Many of these newly banded adult males will be recovered through out many southern states. Also, this year 31 percent of the total number (830) of mallards banded was adult males (260).

Duck banding efforts began on August 12 and continued through September 15.

Capture methods included the use of rocket netting and a swim-in trap. We utilized three rocket sites in Hamlin, McPherson, and Faulk counties and one swim-in trap location in Faulk County.

The number of ducks banded with rocket netting totaled 1,017 while 262 blue-winged teal were banded with the use of the swim-in trap.

Total of all ducks banded this year under the GFP banding permit was 1,279 ducks.

Species of Ducks Banded:
Mallard - 830
Pintail - 75
Wood Duck - 203
Blue-winged teal - 2
Mallard x Black Duck - 1
Green-winged Teal - 2
Redhead - 5
Total 1,279

In addition to banding ducks, SD GFP participated in a nationwide surveillance effort to monitor Avian Influenza (AI) in wild migratory waterfowl, especially the HPAI (Highly Pathogenic) type, by taking 340 live bird samples during our banding operations.  As of to date, no positive for HPAI has been detected.