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Wildlife Management: Wood Ducks

Wood duck
The Wood Duck had often been called the most beautiful of all waterfowl because of its respledent plumage. Strict laws and prudent conservation management practices have brought it back from the brink of extinction. This fact sheet details the appearance, behavior, and habitat of the wood duck as...

Wildlife Management: Diving Ducks

Canvasback ducks
Diving Ducks, also called bay ducks or sea ducks, use the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and the coastal waters of Maryland's Eastern Shore primarily during the winter. They all dive for their food and, in taking wing, do not spring directly upward but must patter for some...

Wildlife Management: Dabbling Ducks

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...
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