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

by
Scott J. McLeod1 and Kenneth F. Higgins2

Abstract. From 1950 to 1953, Evans and Black (1956) conducted the Waubay Study, one of the first comprehensive studies of waterfowl and wetlands on private lands in the Prairie Pothole Region. In 1992 and 1993, we repeated their work to assess changes in waterfowl populations, wetland characteristics, land use, and landowner demographics after 40 years. Our findings:

Key Words: Waubay study, waterfowl, ducks, wetlands, pair densities, brood densities, nests, predation, South Dakota.


This resource is based on the following source:
McLeod, Scott J., and Kenneth F. Higgins.  1998.  Waterfowl and habitat changes 
     after 40 years on the Waubay study area.  South Dakota Agricultural Experiment 
     Station Bulletin 728.  South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.  
     40 pp.

This resource should be cited as:

McLeod, Scott J., and Kenneth F. Higgins.  1998.  Waterfowl and habitat changes 
     after 40 years on the Waubay study area.  South Dakota Agricultural Experiment 
     Station Bulletin 728.  South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.  
     40 pp.  Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/waubay/index.htm  (Version 17AUG2000).

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1 Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Great Plains Regional Office, 3502 Franklin Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 (formerly Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, South Dakota State University)
2 U.S. Geological Survey/Biological Resources Division, South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, South Dakota State University, Box 2140B, Brookings, SD 57007
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