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Waterfowl and Habitat Changes
After 40 Years on the Waubay Study Area


We express our sincerest appreciation to D. Gilbert and the staff at the Waubay National Wildlife Refuge for housing and other assistance, to K. Black and C. Evans for personal insights into changes over the last 40 years, and to R. Drewien and H. Reeves for data and photos from earlier studies on the Waubay study area. Special thanks go out to landowners A. Hanson, T. Jaspers, H. Johnson, T. Johnson, L. Johnson, F. Kulesa, P. Kulesa, R. Kulesa, A. Moen, R. Moen, B. Okroi, B. Opitz, W. Opitz, E. Paszek, J. Paszek, T. Rumpca, the Sisseton/Wahpeton tribe, D. Storley, I. Storley, J. Storley, L. Storley, and J. Wika. Without their cooperation, this study would not have been possible. Thanks to R. Cantu, P. Coughlin, T. Hamilton, R. Johnson, J. Kelly, S. Kendrot, M. Miller, S. Stolz, B. Usgaard, M. Walker, and B. Ward for assistance with data collection. We thank J. Jenks for statistical assistance.

Funding for this study was provided by the SDGF&P through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, Project W-75-R, No. 7556, and by the USFWS, Region 6, Unit Agreement No. 14-16-0009-1549, RWO No. 30, through the South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in cooperation with SDGF&P, USFWS, SDSU, and the Wildlife Management Institute.

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