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It's that time of year when we spend weeks pumping water out of the marshes. After the winter we need to lower water levels to provide shallow water habitat for wildlife and to promote growth of moist soil vegetation for next years food supply. Pictured is our 1950's Detroit Diesel that will pump 10,000 gallon per minute for several months continuous this spring! ...

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We have been busy banding diving ducks this week as part of a cooperative effort with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. ...

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Some non-game (at least in Ohio) birds at the same location, Sandhill Cranes. We actually had 5 on video the day this was recorded. A unique bird that is beginning to expand its range into this part of Ohio and starting to breed locally (Sandusky and Ottawa Counties) now. ...

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Pretty nice close up video of pintails feeding in one of our moist-soil marshes a few weeks ago! ...

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We caught a picture of this Mallard/Black duck hybrid on one of our trail cameras last week. We ended up banding him yesterday and catching him yet again today! ...

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Winous Point Marsh shared Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge's Drake Pintail Preening. ...

At some point in time, we all need a bit of cleaning. Ducks clean and repair their feathers in an act called preening. This beautiful male Northern Pintail seems to be taking a break from feeding with Mallards in one of our moist soil impoundments at Duck River Bottoms.

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Nice article about winter duck banding in Ohio. Winous Point is a cooperator in this project, banding 500 or more ducks every winter. ...

Wildlife Management Behind the Scenes: Banding Black Ducks Nets fired from a small canon are used to trap and band black ducks. The ducks are baited to a location and the nets are deployed remotely. The bands each have a number that helps biologist track the movement of black ducks that are banded here in Ohio. These photos were taken at Blendon Woods Metro Park in central Ohio. ow.ly/pm6p308QkCG Learn more about the American black duck: ow.ly/fXOF308Ql9F

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Our technicians found this guy while they were out working in the marsh today. Broken wing, very wet, very cold. Off to Back to the Wild rehab in Castalia this afternoon! ...

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Warm sunrise at Winous Point today, ducks and geese are enjoying it! ...

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Some great Winous Point history on display at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training center Museum. ...

100 Artifacts in 100 Days: "1940s Era Punt Boat". Highlights from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Museum/Archives at the National Conservation Training Center. This 1940s era punt boat was donated to NCTC by Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, OH and probably dates back to the 1940s when Windsor T. White headed the local Winous Point Shooting Club. These boats were widely used for waterfowl hunting and earlier punt boats sometime had "punt guns" attached to the bow. This boat was was equipped with shell holders on the seat.

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