Species Spotlight: American Wigeon

Written by Peter Pearsall/Photos by Peter Pearsall The American wigeon (Mareca americana) is a medium-sized dabbling duck commonly found in a variety of wetland habitats, including marshes, ponds, lakes, and

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Species Spotlight: Ruddy Duck

Written by Peter Pearsall/Video by Dan Streiffert The ruddy duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) is a small to medium-sized diving duck that can be found in abundance on ponds, lakes, and sloughs

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Species Spotlight: Ring-necked Duck

The ring-necked duck is a medium-sized diving duck ranging widely across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. They inhabit freshwater habitats across Canada and the western U.S. during the breeding season and migrate as far south as Central America during the winter months.

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Species Spotlight: Common Goldeneye

The common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is a medium-sized diving duck belonging to the Anatidae family. The species is named for its golden-yellow or sometimes amber eye, which is particularly striking against the dark head of the male.

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Christmas Bird Counts

Depending on which circles one moves in, Christmastime is also about birds —live birds, in situ. Not just basted turkeys. Nor that mixed flock of “four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree”. The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, a citizen science effort aimed at monitoring bird population trends on a massive scale, is a long-standing tradition dating back to 1901.

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