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Summer count of Greylag Geese in Denmark 17th January 2023 In 2022, the size of the Danish Greylag Goose population was estimated through the involvement of experienced and professional goose counters as well as a number of volunteers - including both hunters and birdwatchers - signing up for their first goose count. In 2022, the size of the Danish Greylag Goose population was estimated through the involvement of experienced and professional goose counters as well as a number of volunteers...

First presentation of results at international symposium 27th October 2022 After a long wait caused by the pandemic, the 6th Pan-European Duck Symposium was finally held in Coimbra, Portugal, in late September 2022. The first results of the Duck Nest Monitoring Project run by Waterfowlers’ Network were presented during the poster sessions. After a long wait caused by the pandemic, the 6th Pan-European Duck Symposium was finally held in Coimbra, Portugal, in late September 2022. The first results of the Duck...

International Action Plan for Common Eider adopted 1st October 2022 One of the long-awaited outcomes of the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) was the final adoption of the International Single Species Action Plan (ISSAP) for Common Eider. One of the long-awaited outcomes of the 8th Meeting of the Parties to the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) was the final adoption of the International...

United for Wigeon: Update from Project Penelope 20th May 2022 Launched last year, Project Penelope is an international collaborative three-year project led by the Waterfowlers’ Network. The project links hunters and scientists aiming to improve our knowledge of one of Europe’s most popular quarry ducks – the Eurasian Wigeon. Launched last year, Project Penelope is an international collaborative three-year project led by the Waterfowlers’ Network. The project links hunters and scientists aiming...

International Wing Survey Workshop held in Denmark 17th May 2022 A new project has slowly been building up in the Waterfowlers’ Network, and a big step forward was taken in April 2022, when participants from the seven partner organisations met up in Denmark to kickstart a future collaboration on national wing surveys. A new project has slowly been building up in the Waterfowlers’ Network, and a big step forward was taken in April 2022, when participants from the seven partner organisations...

Waterfowlers' Network Annual Meeting in the Netherlands 6th May 2022 After two years of online meetings, the spring of 2022 finally allowed Waterfowlers’ Network to meet up for our annual meeting. Representatives from the seven partner organisations were joined by participants from our Belgian colleagues, FACE and the Finnish Wildlife Agency. The meeting was kindly hosted by the Royal Dutch Hunters’ Association. After two years of online meetings, the spring of 2022 finally allowed Waterfowlers’ Network to meet up for our annual meeting. Representatives from the seven partner organisations...

Celebrating World Wetlands Day in Finland 9th February 2022 Finland is an important breeding area for numerous European duck species. Therefore, we have a great responsibility to take care of natural breeding sites as well as protect birds against alien predators. Loss of habitat and predation are the biggest threats to our breeding waterbirds. Finland is an important breeding area for numerous European duck species. Therefore, we have a great responsibility to take care of natural breeding sites as well as protect...

Improving Eider breeding succes in the Åland Islands 28th January 2022 After witnessing a dramatic decline of the Baltic Sea Eider population, the project “Friends of the Eider” was initiated in 2019. The project aims to find and develop efficient management methods to improve Eider breeding success in the Åland Archipelago. After witnessing a dramatic decline of the Baltic Sea Eider population, the project “Friends of the Eider” was initiated in 2019. The project aims to find and develop efficient...

The return of lost breeding habitats 31st August 2021 Waterfowlers’ Network has contributed to the restoration of 12,5 hectares of promising duck breeding habitat in Eastern Finland. Eurasian Wigeon and Mallard are among the species expected to benefit from the planned conversion of agricultural land into a prime wetland. Waterfowlers’ Network has contributed to the restoration of 12,5 hectares of promising duck breeding habitat in Eastern Finland. Eurasian Wigeon and Mallard are among the...

Can digital photos replace wings in future wing surveys? 9th June 2021 A new study carried out by BASC and WWT shows that photographs have the potential to be a valuable tool in increasing the participation in wing surveys, with high levels of accuracy in determining the species and sex for Wigeon, Mallard and Teal wings. A new study carried out by BASC and WWT shows that photographs have the potential to be a valuable tool in increasing the participation in wing surveys, with high levels of...

New duck nest monitoring project initiated 7th June 2021 Waterfowlers' Network has set up an international citizen science project to monitor the effect of artificial duck nest structures such as breeding baskets, duck tubes and nest boxes. Waterfowlers' Network has set up an international citizen science project to monitor the effect of artificial duck nest structures such as breeding baskets, duck tubes and...

Waterfowlers support wetland restoration 8th May 2021 As the World Migratory Bird Day celebrates migratory birds and raises awareness of the constant travellers’ dependence on international cooperation, members of Waterfowlers’ Network raise support for restoration of Finnish wetlands. As the World Migratory Bird Day celebrates migratory birds and raises awareness of the constant travellers’ dependence on international cooperation, members of Waterfowlers’...

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. We want to make the world a better place for birds and waterfowlers alike, and we will do this by improving data collection, restoring habitats and actively engaging in sustainable management of waterbirds. Waterfowlers’ Network was established in 2019 and has visions reaching far into the future. We want to make the world a better place for birds and waterfowlers alike, and...