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Has anyone seen this website tracking bluebills for research? Pretty cool to see their migration.

You can select a specific bird and see where they go year round. There is one bird currently in MN that's been holding out for the last week on my favorite waters.. grin.gif

http://www.bsc-eoc.org/lpbo/lpwwrfscauptrackwho.html#

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Sifty

Pretty cool.

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poutpro

Where is the map that shows where they are at?

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WalleyeWeasel

Duck named P.J.Brandt is on Winnie right now , I'm thinking i'm going to kill him/her this weekend !! grin.gif

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Scott M

(From the DNR's Webpage)

Waterfowl biologists are using satellites to track the spring migration of 16 lesser scaup to discover the cause of this species' 20-year decline in the Mississippi River Flyway.

The scaup, a medium-sized diving duck, are carrying implanted satellite transmitters that send a signal to orbiting satellites about every day. Each bird's location is forwarded to Dr. Al Afton, a scientist at Louisiana State University who is heading the study. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) purchased seven transmitters and provided staff to help capture ducks. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other state natural resource agencies are also providing funding and staff.

"Research suggests that the scaup arrive on their nesting grounds in poor physical condition, which may contribute to lower rates of reproduction," said Jeff Lawrence, DNR wetland wildlife populations and research group leader. "Understanding how the birds migrate in the spring and what habitats they are using are the key to understanding if poor food conditions may be contributing to their decline."

Seventeen birds were marked on the Mississippi River near Keokuk, Iowa. This is a major staging area for the ducks during their spring and fall migrations. However, researchers do not know how and where they migrate from there. The 17 females were marked as part of a larger leg-banding program, when 2,500 scaup are captured and marked with individually numbered leg bands. One satellite-marked bird died soon after release. The transmitters will last up to two years.

As of April 26, five birds had moved north to different locations in Saskatchewan, North Dakota, near Otter Tail Lake in Minnesota, in Duluth Harbor, and just east of the Twin Cities.

Learn more about the study and follow the birds' movements online at a Ducks Unlimited Web site Scaup Study

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    • SkunkedAgain

      I took those pictures probably seven or eight years ago. If I remember correctly I was heading up north solo, and decided like many others that I'd never fully read the spectacle and would capture it for posterity. I've never met or seen the guy, but I'm sure it would be an interesting time if you drank a few cold ones together. Speaking of Cotton, does anyone have a report on the El Toro lounge? I've always meant to stop in there but have yet to do so.
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