[CT Birds] In response to Duck trap question
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 18 06:12:54 EST 2009
These same type of DEP duck traps have been placed around Stratford for several years - Access Road pool, Duck Pond on Rt 110, etc.
I spoke with one of the biologists this summer. He said they were trapping ducks for several studies: to check lead levels in blood, to check for Avian Flu, and for population/distribution research (they have been radio tagging some black ducks as well to learn of their movements).
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Subject: [CT Birds] In response to Duck trap question
In response to a few inquiries about the duck trap, this is what I
in the Wheeler Salt marsh is a type of floating cage filled with cracked
corn, overseen by the DEP. They are trapping American Black ducks for a
survey to monitor their population (which is dropping). So the Black ducks
go into the trap to get the cracked corn, and remain there til the next day
when interns return to the trap and remove the ducks. The interns then
band them, draw blood and record the data about the individual ducks.
Occasionally ducks die in the trap and I don't know why. Apparently there
are other duck traps around the state. it's just that from the windows of
the Audubon building I can see this trap, so I report the findings about
the marsh. From what I understand , an accidental fatality of a duck is
accepted for the common good of the species (not a quote).
Beverly Propen, Orange
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