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Lots less lesser scaup

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:30 PM ET
By Josh Vest and Richard Kaminski — Mississippi State University | Birdscapes

In the 1990s, when snow and rain returned to the prairies and parklands after a long period of drought, and when conservation programs expanded upland cover in the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region, most North American waterfowl breeding populations experienced impressive increases. A few species, however, did not respond — populations of greater and lesser scaups continued to decline.

The smaller lesser scaup primarily uses the Mississippi Flyway whereas the greater scaup uses both the ...

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