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Wood Duck production good in central Iowa

September 10, 2011
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

WOOD DUCKS (Aix sponsa) are beautiful birds with a distinctive multi-colored plumage. For that reason alone, many decades ago, when fashion dictated that women wore hats, colorful feathers from this bird were in great demand. Wood duck populations fell as the supply stream was fulfilled. By 1904, very few Wood Ducks remained. Thankfully the crisis situation for this species, and others, benefited from a change in standards and a realization by conservationists and hunters that a turn-around in attitudes was long overdue.



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