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2011 Duck Banding Accomplishments

Results from SD GFP Rocket Netting:
Mallard - 1,133
Pintail - 600
Wood Duck - 279
Gadwall - 3
Black Duck - 1
Green-winged Teal - 1
Total 2,017

Results from DU Goebel Ranch Swim-in Traps:
Blue-winged Teal - 4,190
Gadwall - 28
Pintail - 70
Mallard - 44
Lesser Scaup - 7
Green-winged Teal - 20
Northern Shoveler - 12
Redhead - 5
Ruddy Duck - 11
Total 4,387

Number of ducks banded with rocket netting totaled 2,017 while 4,387 ducks were banded with the use of swim-in traps. Of this total of 4,387 ducks banded using swim-in traps, 4,190 were Blue-winged teal banded at DU Goebel Ranch.
Grand total of all ducks banded this year under SD Game, Fish and Parks banding permit was 6,404 ducks.

Species of all ducks banded this year are as follows:
Mallard - 1,177
Pintail - 670
Gadwall - 31
Blue-winged Teal - 4,190
Green-winged Teal - 21
Wood Duck - 279
American Black Duck - 1
Northern Shoveler - 12
Redhead - 5
Lesser Scaup - 7
Ruddy Duck - 11
Total 6,404

The importance of CRP and grasslands in combination with good wetland water conditions continue to be visible with 86% of all ducks banded this year where young-of-year birds. This type of high production will continue to be evident with our duck banding efforts if everyone supports saving and protecting adequate nesting cover (CRP and grasslands) and wetlands in the future.

Our SD wetlands, especially in the Prairie Coteau region, are of important quality to met molting requirements for adult male Wood ducks from many southern state's populations. This is exemplified by the high proportion of total number (279) of Wood Ducks captured and banded this year were adult males (237). Many of the newly banded adult males banded here in SD are recovered throughout many southern states. On the other hand, the Missouri Coteau is an outstanding region where all of the total number (670) of Pintails were captured and banded.

Duck banding efforts began on August 1 and continued through September 22. Capture methods included the use of rocket netting and swim-in traps. We utilized 3 different rocket sites in Codington, Day, and Faulk Counties and 1 swim-in trap location in McPherson County.