Deakin University & Field & Game Australia share some data on duck movement from Connewarre.
Professor Marcel Klaassen and his team have been working with accredited Geelong Field & Game members, capturing, banding and sampling ducks in the region for some time now. A permanent site and assistance has been supplied by Geelong Trent Leen.
Ducks are humanely trapped, banded and released, and the samples taken contribute to multiple research projects including Avian Influenza. Using tracking devices and information from returned bands we are now starting to gain some important data on movements of ducks from this wetland.
Similar work is being one in NSW and around the country by other groups, so these are exciting times in gathering important information on our native game birds.
There appears to be a renewed interest in waterfowl data since the recent outbreak of Avian Influenza in the Victorian Poultry Industry. As hunter/conservationists, FGA's member interest is constant and our commitment is as strong today as it was back in 1958 when we started.
We look forward to sharing more data and announcing future projects but we hope you find the data we've already gathered and mapped interesting.
Our understanding is that there's exciting data being gathered about interstate travel of birds and this just backs the statement often made around ducks not recognising state borders. Ducks have wings, they fly wherever the water takes them and we enjoy learning from them every day of the year.
Please if you are not already, get motivated and become actively engaged, make contact with Field & Game Australia to see how you can assist.
Geelong Field & Game President - Trent Leen about to release one of many banded Pacific Black Ducks.
You can also can help out with Field & Game Australia's support of research into avian influenza. As part of the research we want to identify Blue-winged shoveler nesting or moulting sites. If you can help contact Conservation & Hunting manager Glenn Falla - firstname.lastname@example.org