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Waterfowl Communities in the Northern Plains

American Wigeon

American Wigeon. -- The distribution of this species is centered farther north than most of the other dabbling ducks, with the area containing the Woodworth Study Area being in the second lowest quartile of densities. Continental populations declined after 1970, while populations at Woodworth fell erratically during the entire study period (Fig. 6).

GIF - Species Counts

There was no correlation between counts of American wigeon and wetland densities at Woodworth. This result was similar to that of Johnson and Grier (1988). The only weather variable that seemed to correspond to wigeon numbers was May precipitation, and only this factor was included in the best regression model.

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