By Mike Porter, Senior Wildlife and Fisheries Consultant
Some ponds attract more ducks, and attract ducks more consistently, than other ponds. What can be done to increase the likelihood of ducks visiting a pond? The following management strategies increase the likelihood of migratory ducks visiting a pond.
Increase water clarity.
Clear water encourages aquatic plants, aquatic snails and several aquatic insects, which are primary foods of migratory ducks.
• When livestock activity at a pond stirs up clay turbidity and creates bare soil along the shoreline, fencing all or a majority of a pond perimeter can improve water clarity and allow growth of shoreline vegetation. When a pond is needed for livestock water, most of a pond can be fenced while still providing an access point for livestock.
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