Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Science
Studies of mallard use and nesting success on elevated structures have generally been of a short-term nature. In this report we evaluated 15 consecutive years of mallard nesting on elevated structures (baskets, cylinders, and culverts) located over standing water in wetland basins in eastern South Dakota. Our objectives were to: 1) determine long-term trends in mallard occupancy and nest success in nesting baskets, cylinders, and culverts, 2) evaluate the effects of various nest structure adaptations for enhancing mallard use and maintaining high nest success rates, and 3) provide managers with various enhancement techniques for mallard nesting structures that have proven productive in this long-term management effort.
mallard elevated nesting structures, duck raised nests
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Mammenga, P. W.; Flake, L. D.; Grovihahn, M. E.; and Vaa, S. J., "Mallard Use of Elevated Nesting Structures: Fifteen Years of Management in Eastern South Dakota" (2007). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 754.