Banding began on Slipps Marsh in 2006. Between 2006 and 2019 we’ve ran the airboat for 11 banding seasons and banding a total of 2027 ducks or an average of 184 ducks per season (Fig. 1).
We encounter 15 species of ducks in Slipps Marsh. The dominant species caught in the marsh were Black Ducks followed by Wood Ducks, Green-wing Teals and Mallards. Captures dropped between 2011 and 2014, and again from 2016 to 2014. The reductions in captures resuted from the loss of Black Ducks, Wood Ducks and Mallards from the marsh, and Green-wing Teal now dominate the captures (Fig. 2.). Note, species with less than 10 total captures were dropped from the figure.
Of the 2027 ducks banded at Slipps there have been a total of 385 recoveries reported to the Banding Office. About half of the recoveries for Black Ducks, Mallards and Blue-wing Teal occur within 100 km of Slipps Marsh (Fig. 3), and the remainder occur within the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways as far south as Louisiana (Fig. 4).