Thursday, February 5, 2009

mottled duck research

For immediate release:  February 5, 2009

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FWC biologists tracking Florida mottled ducks

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's
(FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) will be conducting
research on Florida mottled ducks in suburban West Palm Beach this

In the early morning hours, biologists will capture the mottled ducks by
setting traps near ponds.  Biologists will take captured ducks to a lab,
where they will be implanted with radio-markers.  The implanted mottled
ducks will then be returned to the site where they were obtained.

The Florida mottled duck spends its entire life in the state and has
inhabited Florida for thousands of years.  Florida mottled ducks are
threatened by habitat loss and crossbreeding with feral, domesticated
mallards.  For more information, go to .

The radio-markers will help FWRI biologists collect data on the species,
including habitat use, movements and survival.  This information will be
part of an ongoing conservation plan for the species.

(NOTE: Media interested in covering the field work must contact FWC public
information coordinator Gabriella B. Ferraro by Friday, Feb. 6.  Space is


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