Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Science
We collected data on upland and aquatic habitats, waterfowl populations, and landowner demographics in the Waubay study area to document habitat, land use, demographic, and ownership changes and to determine temporal and spatial changes in the physical and vegetative characteristics of wetlands since 1950-53. We also compared current waterfowl abundances and reproductive indices with those of the earlier study.
Results from our study will provide waterfowl managers in the prairie pothole region a comprehensive evaluation of landscape changes and their relationships to waterfowl abundances over a 40- year time period.
Waubay Study Area, Waterfowl Habitat, wetland habitat changes, Ducks Unlimited
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
McLeod, S. J. and Higgins, K. F., "Waterfowl and Habitat Changes After 40 Years on the Waubay Study Area" (1998). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 731.