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Meadowmucker

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Subject: Looking for volunteer to help band black ducks in Shark River Estuary

Anyone know someone in Shark River area that might be interested in this volunteer opportunity?
 
 
What: The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (Division) is in need of a Division WCC volunteer to operate a black duck banding station involving 2-4 traps.

Where:  Shark River estuary in the municipalities of Belmar/Neptune/Wall in Monmouth County. 

When: 26 December 2014 to 30 January 2015

Background:  The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (Division) is in need of a volunteer/cooperator/student intern to operate a black duck banding station involving 2-4 traps.  The cooperator would be responsible for keeping the Division apprised of duck activity, and setting traps for capture when requested. The candidate will work with Division staff to extract ducks from the traps, process and band them. The candidate will need suitable winter clothing including chest waders and neoprene gloves to access traps comfortably.  The Division may be able to provide waders/gloves on loan if the candidate does not have these items available. 

The ducks are captured using wire traps with the use of grains (i.e. corn) as bait.  The Division provides the bait. Typically, ducks are free to swim/walk in and out of the traps to consume the bait.  When ducks are using the traps regularly, traps are closed such that ducks can go into the trap but not escape.  All ducks are banded at the site and released at the site immediately after banding. Ducks are banded under a permit issued by the US Geological Service, Bird Banding Laboratory.

Since trapping and banding at this site is most successful around the high tide cycle, the candidate will be expected to work with flexible hours including predawn and post-dusk as well as weekend work. The candidate will be provided with bait for the duck traps but will need to use their own vehicle and gasoline while running the banding station. 

Each winter biologists and cooperators with the Division trap and mark American black ducks with leg bands as part of an eastern waterfowl monitoring program.  The primary objectives of the work are to measure survival and recovery rates for black ducks. Black ducks are important game species in eastern North America and a cornerstone wetland species in New Jersey.  Black duck banding is conducted between January 1 and March 20.  When combined with population and harvest data, banding data provides vital information on the life history, population status and ecology of waterfowl species.  This information is used to guide management decisions and monitor the effects of these decisions.

The candidate will need to be a Division Wildlife Conservation Corps Volunteer (http://njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/wcc_appl.pdf) prior to conducting any work and keep a daily log of activities. 
 
 
Ted Nichols
Waterfowl Ecology and Management Program
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
2201 County Rte. 631
Woodbine, NJ 08270
ted.nichols@comcast.net
Phone: 609-628-3218
Fax: 609-628-2734
Visit our Division Website: njfishandwildlife.com
« Last Edit: November 21, 2014, 07:03:29 PM by Meadowmucker »
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John

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Re: Volunteers Have Been Found to help band black ducks in Shark River Estuary
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2014, 07:09:01 PM »
Ted Nichols informed me that two individuals have volunteered to monitor the Shark River Black Duck Banding Site!
Gentlemen, I guarantee that you will enjoy trapping and banding for the Division.  And here's hoping you can experience a rocket net shoot.  You will like it - it's neat!
And a NJWA Thanks to the 2 waterfowlers that volunteered!
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John