Wood Duck Brood Survival On The Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

Two methods were used to determine survival. In 1968, newly hatched ducklings were web-tagged and subsequently recaptured. The survival rate from hatching to flight stage was 56%, In 1969, direct observation was the method used. Observations of 77 broods revealed a 52% survival from hatching to six weeks of age, with 74% of the total mortality occuring during the first two weeks after hatching.

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