Mallard Duck Research
Fish & Game is dedicating a significant amount of resources and staff time to mallard research. Here you'll be able to find out what we're doing in the field to both improve our knowledge of this valued game bird and ultimately benefit hunters.
You'll find a stack of information here which will be updated as milestones are met and new reports come to hand. If you want to be informed of new posts to this page, don't forget to 'like' Fish & Game on Facebook.
Latest update: March 2018
In this section:
Jenn Sheppard accepts PhD for mallard thesis dedicated to ‘all keen duck hunters’
In January 2018, Jenn Sheppard was awarded a PhD for her thesis on breeding ecology and productivity on mallard ducks...
Effects of Surgically Implanted Transmitters on Reproduction and Survival in Mallards
Abdominal implanted radio transmitters have been widely used in studies of waterbird ecology. However the longer handling times and invasiveness of...
Harvest dynamics & mallard duck survival
FGNZ WC Shoveler Survey65 A Fish & Game study has probed the impact of hunting regulations such as bag limits...
Mallard Research Update March 2017
femaleonnest 2 By Jenn Sheppard Despite being in New Zealand for 150 years, little is known about mallard ducks. That’s why...
Insights into Duckling Survival & Female Mallard Brooding Behaviour
Southland Fish & Game Officer Erin Garrick has received top marks for her thesis towards a Masters in Wildlife Management...
Leading Mallard Duck Researcher Jenn Sheppard Updates Fish & Game’s Three Year Telemetry (Tracking ) Project
The study, spearheaded by the University of Auckland PhD student Jenn and Auckland Waikato Region game bird manager David Klee,...
Tracking Mallards – Latest Word from the Researchers
Fish & Game’s major mallard research project is continuing – but already producing some valuable insights – for example into...
Duck Research Milestone Reached
Fish & Game’s landmark mallard research project has finished its first season, and while there are another two seasons of...
Hopes for Better Duck Hunting Season
Central North Island Fish & Game officers are hopeful of a better game bird season in May, after thousands of...
Waikato Duck Study New Zealand First
A groundbreaking Fish & Game study is helping researchers shed light on the nesting habits of mallard ducks, and should...
Top Canadian Duck Researcher Recruited For Mallard Team
Our PhD student Jenn Sheppard is here, enrolled at Auckland and settling in well. It’s been all action since she...
Standardising Monitoring Techniques
Perhaps the least 'sexy' of the mallard research projects, monitoring trends in mallard populations is nonetheless the foundation from which...
Citizen Science For Reporting On Mallard Brood, Survival And Habitat
Latest update (April 15, 2014): click here[/assets/Uploads/Citizen-Science-for-public-reporting-on-local-mallard-brood-numbers-and-survival-rate.pdf] for more details about this project. Operation Duck Pond has had some success over...