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Researchers supported by the Midwest CASC found that continued climate change and other factors could lead to persistent shifts of waterfowl distributions.

Midwest CASC supported researchers at the University of Missouri and Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit analyzed over 60 years’ worth of data from 15 duck species that included 439,880 band and 1,965,461 wing recoveries from ducks in the North America’s Central and Mississippi flyways.

When examined monthly, the researchers found “the mean latitude of band and wing recovery distributions has shifted south in October and November, and north in December and January by several hundred kilometers for most species.” This indicates that ducks might be in areas at different times of the year and may vary in number compared to historical data. This will have important implications for landscape‐scale habitat conservation and population management.

Read more about these findings in the Journal of Wildlife Management.

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