Thomas G. Peterson

Mississippi State University, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mississippi State, MS 39762

Wintering Waterfowl Use of Wetlands in Delta National Forest, Mississippi

SEAFWA Journal Volume 9, March 2022

Bottomland hardwood forests in the southeastern United States provide important food and other socio-physiological resources for several wintering duck species. Duck presence and abundance in these wetlands can be influenced by periodicity and extent of flooding, disturbance from anthropogenic activities, and availability and coverage of certain vegetative communities. We tested if presence of flooding, anthropogenic disturbance, and certain vegetation types influenced wintering duck presence and abundance in Delta National Forest (DNF; Mississippi), the only National Forest which is...