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

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Hartlaub's Ducks © Lars Petersson

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The DSG network supports global
conservation efforts for ducks

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AEWA Long-tailed Duck workshop © Sergey Dereliev

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

Important progress made by the Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force

The 3rd Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force workshop was held in Yueyang, China, in December 2018
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Successful workshop on Scaly-sided Merganser conservation

The first international workshop on the conservation of Scaly-sided Merganser was held in Changde, China, in December 2018.
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The not-so-Common Eider – can you help?

A request for collaborative research on Common Eider population dynamics
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Local conservation action leads to breeding success for Baer’s Pochard

Conservation measures carried out by Hengshui local government and nature reserve staff have created the conditions needed for Baer's Pochard to breed
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