Saskatchewan

You’re a Canvasback!

You were banded in the Allen Hills of central Saskatchewan. This hilly area has many small wetlands and is one of the most important areas in Canada for nesting ducks.

Earlier in the spring your mom laid you and seven other eggs in a floating nest made of cattail on a small, deep wetland. A redhead duck snuck in and also laid an egg in your nest. Your mom had to work hard to care for this extra duckling.

You soon learned how to dive deep into the water and use your strong bill to dig out tasty plant roots from the bottom. You also learned that cattail plants could hide you from the wind and predators like foxes.

When the weather turned cold, you migrated to Catahoula Lake in Louisiana, U.S.A. You’ll return to the same spot in Canada next year to start your own family in early spring.

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Fast Facts:

  • lays large olive coloured eggs in early spring
  • a large diving duck that is a strong swimmer but clumsy when walking on land
  • nicknamed “king of ducks” because of their royal-looking red head and long black bill
  • Canvasback numbers vary greatly depending on weather conditions and other factors. In the 1980s people were worried about this duck’s survival but, by the 1990s the numbers were back to normal.