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Factors Associated with Duck Nest Success
in the Prairie Pothole Region of Canada


We gratefully acknowledge the many agencies and individuals whose assistance made our study possible. For assistance with logistics, field support, data processing and analysis, and report preparation, we thank the administrative and field personnel of Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC), particularly former Director R. C. Stendell for administrative support; H. F. Duebbert, W. L. Green, A. T. Klett, and J. T. Lokemoen for field work; W. R. Mulvaney, C. L. Nustad, and D. J. Rova for data processing; T. A. Devries, R. C. Khan-Malek, W. E. Newton, and D. J. Twedt for data analysis; T. G. Hanson and K. M. Lahlum for manuscript preparation; D. J. Rova and R. D. Thielman for drafting; B. W. Euliss, H. T. Sklebar, and L. L. Strong for processing satellite imagery; and D. Van Asperen and J. A. Romelfanger for securing and maintaining vehicles. In addition, we extend special thanks to J. M. Callow, D. P. Fellows, D. E. Sharp, M. A. Sovada, and R. O. Woodward of NPWRC who assisted greatly with field work and tabulation of data. R. S. Pospahala, USFWS, Office of Migratory Bird Management, Laurel, Maryland, assisted with study coordination. H. R. Pywell and C. G. Storrs, USFWS, National Wetland Inventory, St. Petersburg, Florida, provided habitat determinations from photographs and prepared maps.

For providing logistic support, assistance with data collection, and loan and storage of field equipment, we thank administrators, field personnel, and conservation officers of the Alberta Department of Forestry, Lands, and Wildlife, especially W. W. MacDonald and H. R. Weaver; Manitoba Department of Natural Resources, especially M. M. Gillespie; and Saskatchewan Department of Parks and Renewable Resources.

For administrative services, loan of field equipment, providing aerial photographs, and assistance with data collection we thank the staff of the CWS, especially R. K. Brace, F. D. Caswell, G. S. Hochbaum, D. J. Nieman, S. P. Pryor, J. R. Smith, and B. C. Turner. We thank personnel of the CWS Prairie and Northern Wildlife Centre (formerly Prairie Migratory Bird Research Centre), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for their support, in particular G. W. Beyersbergen, J. B. Millar, and L. G. Sugden.

For providing assistance with hiring of field technicians, we thank personnel of USFWS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, especially E. E. Klaas, Iowa State University; T. S. Baskett, University of Missouri; I. J. Ball, University of Montana; D. H. Rusch, University of Wisconsin; and S. H. Anderson, University of Wyoming. E. K. Fritzell, University of Missouri, also assisted with hiring.

We thank J. E. Austin, R. J. Blohm, R. K. Brace, A. W. Diamond, D. C. Duncan, G. L. Krapu, K. J. Lungle, W. E. Newton, S. P. Pryor, J. S. Ramsey, M. A. Sovada, B. C. Turner, and J. Y. Takekawa for helpful comments on this manuscript.

We especially thank the numerous dedicated field personnel who assisted with data collection and are recognized individually in Sargeant et. al. (1993). Lastly, we are indebted to the many landowners who allowed us to work on their land and offered hospitality and security of their farmyards for equipment storage.

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