Content tagged with "waterfowl"

Hooded Merganser (Male)

Photograph of a male Hooded Merganser swimming
Adult male hooded mergansers have a black head, neck, and back. The black-margined white crest and chestnut flanks of the male are very distinct. More

Hunter Input for 2011 Duck Season

Browse results of the 2010 statewide survey of 10,000 waterfowl hunters and findings from 16 workshops we conducted to involve hunters in the process of establishing Missouri 2011-2015 duck hunting seasons. More

Integrating a Meandering Slough

This document illustrates plans to remove a straight bypass ditch and integrate a meandering slough through Pool 1 at Duck Creek CA. More

Look what cropped up

Dissection of a Mallard gizzard
As you are laying out in the marsh, watching clouds roll by, waiting for the next batch of ducks to come into sight, do you ever wonder what they are looking for? More

Looking Good for Spring Break

Mallards in flooded timber
Some turn their eyes south to the Gulf Coast as spring break approaches. However, in the waterfowl world, many birds are coming back from this region. Some of these birds may spend their “spring break” in a wetland near you. More


Photo of male and female mallards walking on ice
Anas platyrhynchos
The mallard is probably the most familiar duck in all of North America. The male has a green head and chestnut breast. Both sexes have a blue speculum (wing patch) bordered on both sides by white. More

Mallard Flock In Wetlands

Photo of mallard flock in wetlands
In Missouri, the mallard is a common migrant on lakes, rivers, ponds, and marshes. As a locally uncommon summer resident, they may nest along lakeshores and in marshes statewide. They are very common in winter, even during severely cold weather when most other waterfowl migrate farther south. More

Mallard Hen And Chicks

Photo of mallard hen with chicks
Upon hatching, mallard chicks are covered with down and can follow their mother around within a day. They, and similarly capable young of most other ground-nesting birds, are described as “precocial young.” They contrast greatly with the naked, helpless young of most tree-nesting birds. More

Mallard Male In Flight

Photo of male mallard in flight
The mallard is probably the most familiar duck in all of North America. The male has a green head and chestnut breast. Mallards can take flight directly from the water’s surface without needing a running start. More

Mallard Migration

Every week from late September to early February, more than 100 experts in North American's central flyway rank the progress of mallard migration in their areas. We compile their data to bring you a map showing the status of the mallard migration. More