Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- November’s Bird of the Month is the Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors). Because it requires a combination of wetland and grassland habitats for breeding, this duck species is particularly vulnerable to habitat loss. Additionally, harvest rates are poorly known because this species winters as far south as Central and South America, where band reporting rates of harvested birds are unknown but likely very low. Fortunately, conservation of both wetland and grassland habitat on public and private lands benefits this species, since populations can increase with appropriate habitat conditions.
The Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to convert row crops to grassland, is also instrumental in improving habitat for teal and other grassland birds. Currently, teal benefit from over 240,000 acres of CRP-enrolled land in Wisconsin. Conservation of wintering habitat in collaboration with Mexico and Central and South American countries is also necessary for sustaining blue-winged teal populations.
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