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Movements and habitat selection of mid-continent mallards


July 2012 - December 2013


We are analyzing data from 40 mallards marked with satellite transmitters to quantify migration movements and timing, evalaute habitat selection, and assess use of public and private lands.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Beatty, W.S., D.C. Kesler, E.B. Webb, A.H. Raedeke, L.W. Naylor, and D.D. Humburg. 2013. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to identifying migration chronology in a continental migrant. PLoS ONE 8(10):e75673.
  • Beatty, W.S., E.B. Webb, D.C. Kesler, A.H. Raedeke, L.W. Naylor, and D.D. Humburg. 2014. Landscape effects on mallard habitat selection at multiple scales during the non-breeding season. Landscape Ecology 29:989-1000.
  • Kesler, D.C., A.H Raedeke, J.R. Foggia, W.S. Beatty, E.B. Webb, D.D. Humburg, and LW. Naylor. 2014. Effects of satellite transmitters on captive and free-ranging mallards. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:557-565.


  • Beatty, B. E. Webb, D. Kesler, D. Humburg, L. Naylor, A. Raedeke, and S. Schaeffer. Mallard Selection of Private Lands Enrolled in Conservation Easement Programs. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Wichita, Kansas.
  • Beatty, B., E. Webb, D. Kesler, D. Humburg, L. Naylor, A. Raedeke, and S. Schaeffer. Mid-continent Mallard Habitat Use and Selection of Wetland Reserve Program Easements During Migration and Winter. North American Duck Symposium, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • William S. Beatty, Dylan C. Kesler, Elisabeth B. Webb, Andrew H. Raedeke, Luke W. Naylor, Dale D. Humburg. Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Identifying Migration Chronology in a Continental Migrant. Presented at the American Ornothologist's Union meeting, Chicago, IL 2013

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1897

Presentations: 4202



  • Lisa WebbCo-Principal Investigator
  • William BeattyStaff

Funding Agencies

  • Missouri Department of Conservation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey