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Put your eggs in a basket! 12th November 2020 Artificial nesting opportunities have been in use in the Netherlands for a long time, and braiding breeding baskets of willow or reed is an old craft. Breeding baskets are thought to aid in the breeding success of ducks by protecting them from predators, bad weather circumstances and mowing of ditches. Artificial nesting opportunities have been in use in the Netherlands for a long time, and braiding breeding baskets of willow or reed is an old craft. Breeding baskets are...

Waterfowlers on the look-out for avian influenza 22nd October 2020 Elevated risk of avian influenza outbreaks in Europe calls for increased focus on surveillance, and waterfowlers may help detect suspected cases by reporting sick or dead birds. Prompt testing of such individuals should be carried out by the wildlife health authorities. Elevated risk of avian influenza outbreaks in Europe calls for increased focus on surveillance, and waterfowlers may help detect suspected cases by reporting sick or dead...

Celebrating year one of Waterfowlers' Network 14th September 2020 Like many other events this year, the annual meeting of Waterfowlers' Network was changed from a regular meeting in the Netherlands to an online event. Despite the practical challenges and lack of opportunity to meet up, the network managed to move on with some very important initiatives and decisions, continuing to shape the network and its areas of work. Like many other events this year, the annual meeting of Waterfowlers' Network was changed from a regular meeting in the Netherlands to an online event. Despite the practical...

Finland invests in wetland habitats 15th June 2020 The Finnish Government is providing historic funding for wetland restoration and management of invasive predators through the SOTKA and HELMI-programs. Aiming to restore 400 hectares of prime brood habitat and 80 protected wetland sites during the next three years, the goal is to help declining waterbird populations and halt the general loss of biodiversity. The Finnish Government is providing historic funding for wetland restoration and management of invasive predators through the SOTKA and HELMI-programs. Aiming to restore 400...

Identification of Taiga and Tundra Bean Geese 24th April 2020 Even experienced waterfowlers find separation of Taiga and Tundra Bean Geese challenging. The two subspecies breed in different habitats, but they often appear together during winter and on migration, and they look very similar. A newly published identification guide offers very useful aid for subspecies identification. Even experienced waterfowlers find separation of Taiga and Tundra Bean Geese challenging. The two subspecies breed in different habitats, but they often appear together during...

Cross-border cooperation between goose hunters 2nd April 2020 Nordic goose hunters are sharing their advice on how to hunt geese in a sustainable and ethical way with anyone willing to spend time with them. At the same time, they are delivering on some of the key actions of an international flyway agreement by helping to reach the agreed population size while minimizing the crippling rate. Nordic goose hunters are sharing their advice on how to hunt geese in a sustainable and ethical way with anyone willing to spend time with them. At the same time, they are...

International Action Plan due for Common Eider 22nd January 2020 This spring, after several years of concern for the species, the first steps will be taken towards an international action plan for Common Eider. Along with other stakeholders, Waterfowlers’ Network has been invited to participate in the process. This spring, after several years of concern for the species, the first steps will be taken towards an international action plan for Common Eider. Along with other stakeholders,...

Unraveling migration patterns of Finnish Greylag Geese 21st January 2020 To improve the flyway-scale management of Greylag Goose, a new research project on the migration patterns of Finnish breeding birds was launched in 2019. Movements and distribution of geese during the non-breeding season are studied by use of GPS-transmitters. To improve the flyway-scale management of Greylag Goose, a new research project on the migration patterns of Finnish breeding birds was launched in 2019. Movements and distribution...

Why report rings from shot birds? 21st November 2019 Ringing of wild birds has a long tradition in European wildlife management. In recent years, an increased focus on flyway management of European goose populations has also put hunting in the spotlight as an important tool in goose management. Hunters shooting ringed geese may make an important contribution by reporting the rings from shot birds. Ringing of wild birds has a long tradition in European wildlife management. In recent years, an increased focus on flyway management of European goose populations has also...

Strengthened international cooperation 7th November 2019 Strengthened international cooperation is needed to secure the hunting of migratory birds in the future. This was the conclusion coming from representatives of 7 northern European countries, which met for a workshop on the conservation and management of migratory birds in Denmark. The result was an agreement on a common international agenda that benefits both huntable species and nature. Strengthened international cooperation is needed to secure the hunting of migratory birds in the future. This was the conclusion coming from representatives of 7 northern...

About Waterfowlers' Network 3rd November 2019 Waterfowlers’ Network was established in 2019 and has visions reaching far into the future Waterfowlers’ Network was established in 2019 and has visions reaching far into the future