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Nest tunnels: How many are enough?

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:29 PM ET
By Wanda Gorsuch — Delta Waterfowl Foundation
and Matt Chouinard — Mississippi State University
| Birdscapes

The use of artificial nest structures to increase waterfowl production is not a new idea. Nest success in fragmented habitats often is too low to sustain local populations, and managers continually look for new tools and techniques to improve local production.

Past research on nest structures focused on determining which types of structures and site characteristics were preferred by mallards and other species and how structures influenced nest success and duckling survival.

Managers ...

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