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The 5th Pan-European Duck Symposium
takes place this week - follow #peds5 for updates

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Common Eider © Paul Marshall

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Request for information by BirdLife
on the status of Spectacled Eider

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Spectacled Eider © Jacob S. Spendelow

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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 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

The Ambassador of Brazilian waters

The Critically Endangered Brazilian Merganser has been formally acknowledged as the symbol of the conservation of Brazilian waters.
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Decline in proportion of female Common Pochard

The results of the January 2016 assessment of the sex ratio in Common Pochard in Europe and North Africa are now available
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Maccoa Duck uplisted to Vulnerable

Maccoa Duck has been uplisted to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List as a result of an ongoing decline in this already small population
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ONCFS ageing guide now available in English

An English version of the 2014 ONCFS ageing and sexing guide to common ducks is now available to download
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