Species of the Month

Wood Duck
Aix sponsa

Family Anatidae
Description ADULT MALE Has shiny green-blue crown and mane, adorned with white lines. Chin and throat are white, extending onto face as white lines. Breast is maroon, flanks are buff, and back is greenish; these three areas are separated by white lines. Note red eye and red at base of bill. ADULT FEMALE Mainly brownish, darkest on back and head. Breast and flanks are marked with fine pale streaklike spots. Note the white spectacle around the eye and white on throat and margin of gray bill. JUVENILE Resembles adult female, but plumage is duller and patterns less striking.
Habitat Associated with forested areas, typically flooded valleys, well-wooded swamps and the like; requires areas that are flooded during the breeding season. Overhunting and habitat destruction brought virtual extinction by end of 19th century (sadly, a familiar story). However, hunting restrictions and conservation measures have allowed population to recover to roughly 1,000,000 birds.
Range Southwest, Southeast, Eastern Canada, New England, California, Rocky Mountains, Texas, Northwest, Plains, Great Lakes, Western Canada, Florida, Mid-Atlantic
Discussion Attractive dabbling duck. Males are bizarrely colorful and instantly recognizable; even the duller females are well-marked. Flies on rapid wingbeats and is surprisingly maneuverable through forested terrain. Gregarious outside breeding season, but seldom seen in sizeable flocks. Nests in tree holes and responds well to introduction of artificial nest boxes; often perches on branches. Feeds on acorns, fruits, and invertebrates. Sexes are dissimilar.

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2016 Fall Symposium

2016 Fall Symposium Award Recipients

Student Oral Presentation Award

Fourteen students presented their research and Kristy Capelle (School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU) received first place in the oral presentation contest for her presentation “Evaluating Survival of Released Ranched American Alligator in Coastal Louisiana”. Kristy's co-authors were Micheal D. Kaller with LSU and Ruth M. Elsey with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

 

Madelyn McFarland (School of Renewable Natural Resources, LSU), shown here with LAPB President Dr. Eddie Lyons, received second place in the oral presentation poster contest for her presentation "Prothonotary Warbler Nestling Diet and Parental Provisioning Rates at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, in Baton Rouge, LA." Madelyn's co-authors included Ryan C. Hughes at LSU, and Katie L. Percy and Erik I. Johnson, both with Audubon Louisiana, National Audubon Society, Baton Rouge.

 
Student Poster Presentation Award

Melissa Bloch (ULM), shown here with LAPB President Dr. Eddie Lyons, won first place in the student poster presentation with her poster "The Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems In Forest Management."J. Bhattacharjee, University of Louisiana, Monroe, was her co-author.

 

Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists Publication Awards

Best Paper Award - Popular: Jennifer Hogue
The History of Fur Trapping in Louisiana, Winter 2015 Louisiana Wildlife Insider, pages 2-5

Best Paper Award - Basic Research: Chabert, T., A. Colin, T. Aubin, V. Shacks, S.L. Bourquin, R.M. Elsey, J.G. Acosta, and N. Matehevon
Chabert, T., A. Colin, T. Aubin, V. Shacks, S.L. Bourquin, R.M. Elsey, J.G. Acosta, and N Matehevon. 2015. Size does matter: crocodile mothers react more the voices of smaller offspring. Scientific Reports. 5:15547.

Best Paper Award - Fisheries: Miller, B.A., W.E. Kelso, and M.D. Kaller.
Miller, B.A., W.E. Kelso, and M.D. Kaller. 2015. Diet Partitioning in a Diverse Centrarchid Assemblage in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana. Transaction of the American Fisheries Society 144:780-791.

Best Paper Award - Wildlife: Rosenblatt, A. E., J. C. Nifong, M. R. Heithaus, F. J. Mazzotti, M. S. Cherkiss, B. M. Jeffery, R. M. Elsey, R. A. Decker, B. R. Silliman, L. J. Guillette Jr., R. H. Lowers, J. C. Larson
Rosenblatt, A. E., J. C. Nifong, M. R. Heithaus, F. J. Mazzotti, M. S. Cherkiss, B. M. Jeffery, R. M. Elsey, R. A. Decker, B. R. Silliman, L. J. Guillette Jr., R. H. Lowers, J. C. Larson. 2015. Factors affecting individual foraging specialization and temporal diet stability across the range of a large-bodied “generalist” apex predator. Oecologia. 178:5-16.

Best Paper Award - General Conservation: Gee, K.H., S.L. King, and R.F. Keim
Gee, K.H., S.L. King, and R.F. Keim. 2015. Influence of hydrologic modifications on Fraxinus pennsylvanica in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45:1397-1406.


 

 

LAPB Fall 2016 Sympsoium Program with Abstracts

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