The Story Of The Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck


By: Jay York

A few months ago, Danos Facility and Asset Manager Jay York reached out to Paul Link, North American waterfowl management plan coordinator for the Louisiana department of wildlife & fisheries, to inquire about tagging the Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks located at our corporate headquarters to find out where they migrate. On average, there are 30-50 of these birds that stay on our ponds for a portion of the year. 

Link is a specially-licensed biologist that is authorized to humanely trap and tag migratory waterfowl and has personally collected the largest amount of BBWD data that exists. Interestingly enough, the local BBWDs "migrate" not to South America but to urban areas such as Baton Rouge and New Orleans during hunting season. Link finds that there is not much data collected on this particular waterfowl. He said, "They are a very cool bird, and it's exciting to have such a poorly understood species literally out our backdoor."

The tagging was done by Link and his assistant Amos Adams (pictured above), an undergraduate sophomore in LSU's School of Renewable Natural Resources. Link is currently working on analyses of his eight years of banding right now and hopes to have a manuscript out by winter.

To learn more about this under-studied waterfowl, click here.

Jay York

Jay currently serves as asset manager. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from Nicholls State University and has held many positions within Danos since joining in May of 2007.


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