Species of the Month

Wood Duck
Aix sponsa

Family Anatidae
Description ADULT MALE Has shiny green-blue crown and mane, adorned with white lines. Chin and throat are white, extending onto face as white lines. Breast is maroon, flanks are buff, and back is greenish; these three areas are separated by white lines. Note red eye and red at base of bill. ADULT FEMALE Mainly brownish, darkest on back and head. Breast and flanks are marked with fine pale streaklike spots. Note the white spectacle around the eye and white on throat and margin of gray bill. JUVENILE Resembles adult female, but plumage is duller and patterns less striking.
Habitat Associated with forested areas, typically flooded valleys, well-wooded swamps and the like; requires areas that are flooded during the breeding season. Overhunting and habitat destruction brought virtual extinction by end of 19th century (sadly, a familiar story). However, hunting restrictions and conservation measures have allowed population to recover to roughly 1,000,000 birds.
Range Southwest, Southeast, Eastern Canada, New England, California, Rocky Mountains, Texas, Northwest, Plains, Great Lakes, Western Canada, Florida, Mid-Atlantic
Discussion Attractive dabbling duck. Males are bizarrely colorful and instantly recognizable; even the duller females are well-marked. Flies on rapid wingbeats and is surprisingly maneuverable through forested terrain. Gregarious outside breeding season, but seldom seen in sizeable flocks. Nests in tree holes and responds well to introduction of artificial nest boxes; often perches on branches. Feeds on acorns, fruits, and invertebrates. Sexes are dissimilar.

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2014 Fall Symposium

2014 Fall Symposium Award Recipients

2014 Student Oral Presentation Award.
Eleven students presented their research and Ashlee Minor (Nicholls State University) received first place in the oral presentation contest for her presentation Forested freshwater wetland responses to secondarily treated municipal effluent discharge.


2013 Student Poster Presentation Nickolas Smith (LSU) (left), shown here with LAPB President Dr. Andy Nyman, received first place in the poster contest for his poster “Morphometric sex determination of bald eagles from Louisiana”.


2014 LAPB Student Scholarship Award
Garret Wilkerson (University of Louisiana, Monroe)


Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists Publication Awards

2013-2014 Best Paper Award - Popular: Keri Landry.
Landry, Keri. 2013. Gopher tortoise conservation efforts in Louisiana. Louisiana Wildlife Insider, Summer 2013:8-9.

2013-2014 Best Paper Award - Basic Research: P. Wu.
Wu, P., X. Wu, T.X. Jiang, R.M. Elsey, B.L. Temple, S.J. Divers, T.C. Glenn, K. Yuan, M.H. Chen, R.B. Widelitz, and C.H. Chuong. 2013. Specialized stem cell niche enables repetitive renewal of
alligator teeth. PNAS 110 (22) E2009–E2018.

2013-2014 Best Paper Award - General Conservation: Rebecca Howard and Thomas Michot.
Howard R.J., C.J. Wells, T.C Michot, and D.J. Johnson. 2013. Effects of disturbance associated with seismic exploration for oil and gas reserves in coastal marshes. Environmental Management 54:30-50.

2013-2014 Best Paper Award - Wildlife: Sammy King and B.A. Pickens.
Bradley A. Pickens and S. King. 2014. Multiscale habitat selection of wetland birds in the northern gulf coast. Estuaries and Coasts 37(5):1301-1311.



LAPB Fall 2014 Sympsoium Program with Abstracts

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