University of Maryland Extension

Wildlife Management: Dabbling Ducks

Harold Laskowski
Wood duck

Maryland is extremely important to migratory waterfowl populations. Dominated by the Chesapeake Bay and adjoining wetlands, Maryland provided prime wintering habitat for waterfowl. Recently, numerous private landowners have turned to managing private lands to attract a variety of waterfowl species. Dabbling Ducks, which inhabit small wetlands and marshes, are most responsive to management efforts by private landowners. This fact sheet details the breeding, habitat, and management of Dabbling Ducks.

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