Waterfowl Observation Paper

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Intro Each year waterfowl go on an annual migration. Waterfowl spend each day doing various activities that each require energy. Our class was sent to observe local waterfowl at Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. We were to watch waterfowl and write down what we saw while performing a focal scan and flock scan. Our results will show us how much energy waterfowl need each day to do their daily activities. Methods I went to Holla Bend NWF to find local mallards. After finding a single mallard drake resting I began my focal scan. The focal scan consisted of watching the mallard drake constantly for five minutes while every ten seconds writing down what it was doing. A pair of binoculars were used to closely monitor the mallard.…show more content…
The results from the focal scan we scewed because the mallard slept for 29 out of the 30 ten second intervals I watched it. Obviously ducks do more than sleep throughout the day. The results explain the major priority for waterfowl. They must have food to create energy, but also resting is a key component of survival. They must recharge their bodies after long flights. Discussion Waterfowl spend each day doing various activities. This experiment helped us gather some information for about how much time and when waterfowl do these activities. As the results showed feeding, locomotion, and resting are the three major activities we saw waterfowl performing. The purpose of the two scans is to have two different perspectives as to what waterfowl are doing. Obviously there are drawbacks to both. With the focal scan you are only watching one bird, while the flock scan only shows what one bird is doing right then. However, these two scan experiments allow us to gather information about the daily activities of
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