DUCK BANDING

DUCK BANDING — Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge officials banded 32 wood ducks Wednesday morning at the Longpoint Unit of the refuge. Beginning in the early hours, they baited an open area and then shot a net over the feeding wood ducks. Banding ducks helps track their movements over the years when they are caught again or harvested by hunters who turn in the band information. The farthest Reelfoot Lake-banded wood duck to be recovered was in South Carolina. Among those taking part in the banding Wednesday were refuge biologist Gary Pogue, intern Dajia Collins of New Orleans and Refuge Ranger Tara Dowdy of South Fulton (not pictured). So far this year, they have banded about 80 wood ducks, with a quota of 118 per year at Reelfoot.

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