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The DSG shares knowledge
and best practice for
global duck conservation

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Brazilian Merganser © Richard Hearn

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The 6th International Sea Duck
Conference takes place in
San Francisco this February

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Surf Scoter © Jacob S. Spendelow

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The DSG network supports global
conservation efforts for ducks

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AEWA Long-tailed Duck workshop © Sergey Dereliev

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Input needed for 6th
review of global
Waterbird Population
Estimates and
flyway mapping

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Hartlaub's Ducks © Lars Petersson

Welcome to the Duck Specialist Group


The Duck Specialist Group (DSG) is a global network of duck specialists affiliated to Wetlands International and the IUCN Species Survival Commission working on the monitoring, research, conservation and management of wild duck populations. The DSG network works to generate and disseminate knowledge and best practice between members and others with an interest in duck conservation and management, and to ensure priority issues for duck conservation are identified and addressed. It works closely with the Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Group, whose focus includes globally threatened duck species, the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group, whose work includes issues related to the sustainable harvest of ducks, and the Species Monitoring Specialist Group, who work to stimulate and support biodiversity monitoring by all taxonomic Specialist Groups.


Latest news

Action plan published for Madagascar Pochard

A Species Action Plan for the Critically Endangered Madagascar Pochard, 2014-24, is now available
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Long-tailed Duck (John Anderson)

Declining seaducks no longer huntable in Estonia and Latvia

The Estonian and Latvian governments have recently removed seaducks of conservation concern from their lists of huntable species
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Luc Hoffmann 1923 – 2016

It is with sadness and admiration that we remember the life of Luc Hoffmann
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Harvest guidelines published by AEWA

The Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group and AEWA have recently published revised guidelines on the sustainable harvest of migratory waterbirds
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