C. J. Barstow

A Comparative Study Of Availability Of Waterfowl Foods And Waterfowl Use On A Series Of Clean And Turbid Farm Ponds In North-Central Oklahoma

Studies on twenty-one clear and twenty-three turbid ponds in Payne and Noble counties in Oklahoma were made during the 1956 late winter and spring waterfowl migration (February-May). A total of 5,402 waterfowl representing thirteen species was observed. Dabblers made up 84.6 percent of the total number observed. Waterfowl reached a peak during the first week of March and then declined sharply. This decline coincided with a decrease in available aquatic plants which were depleted by the feeding of large numbers of waterfowl. The clear ponds received 95.9 percent greater waterfowl use than...