For one of the first times at a large scale, University of Delaware researchers are studying breeding black duck populations in coastal North Carolina in order to get a population estimate and better inform conservation practices in the area. In addition, the researchers are also looking at the implications of sea level rise that directly correlate with the salt marsh, which is where the black ducks mostly nest.
The research is being led at UD by Chris Williams, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Daniel Lawson, a master’s level student in Williams’ lab. Funding was provided by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
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