Duck migration patterns By: carson votava

Ducks are migrating later and later every year

It’s almost entirely weather-driven. Two things move ducks, snow and ice. They need food and open water and they’ll move when they can’t get either one. Some species also migrate by the calendar and not by weather. We do very well in the early season on gadwalls, and teal which seem to show up fairly consistently from year to year.”

Plenty of hunters in the mid-latitudes are reporting fewer ducks during the early seasons. That could be due largely to a changing climate. Lakes in the U.S. are freezing an average of 5.8 days later than they did 100 years ago. Average temperatures are rising faster in the winter than in any other season, particularly in the Prairie Pothole Region and Upper Midwest, where winter temps are seven degrees warmer than 30 years ago

Human-related factors are also giving waterfowl more excuses to stay north deeper into winter. No-till farming has created a buffet of corn and beans in the heart of waterfowl country. The increase in electricity generation is also playing a role. Warm water, a by-product of many power plants, creates year-round open water. Combine that with abundant food, and ducks have no reason to head south. And hunters themselves are coaxing ducks to stick around longer thanks to flooded crops and ice eaters.

include how ducks migrate and there migration path from Canada. use images to describe where the ducks come from

PATTERNS ARE CHANGING

Duck migration patterns

One of the main patterns that you can find in animals, is how they migrate. Every year all the ducks will migrate south to escape the harsh winters. Most ducks will start off in what is called the Prairie pot holes. They will nest there every spring/summer, and they will migrate from here, and then back to there for the spring migration. Most ducks that leave from the prairie pot holes travel through the Central flyway or the Mississippi flyways. Most of the ducks in the past would travel to Texas and go to

Swans migrating in the great salt lake

One of the best patterns within the waterfowl migration is the swan. Swans will nest up in western Alaska, and stay there all spring and summer, and then most of them will migrate to, and winter at the great salt lake in Utah every year. The swans used to summer in the United States around the early 1900's, but were hunted so much and climate change, they decided to summer in Alaska and small parts of Canada, and then winter in few parts of the United States.

texas gulf of mexico

Teal Ducks

-Migrate around same time each year. They migrate more on a calandar then whenever it gets cold

- Will start to migrate from Canada about umid to Late August and pass through Colorado around the middle of September

-Will migrate back up to Canada around late April or Early May

-teal can't live in any cold conditions so are the first to migrate south to Texas, Mexico, Central America,etc. and the last ones to migrate north

-Migrating slighlty later every year evern though they base their migration on a calandar

Geese in colorado

-Most geese will Summer in Canada

-Most geese will travel down the centeral flyway

-Brighton Colorado (over by DIA) has one of the largest staging areas for geese in Colorado

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