Saskatchewan

You’re a Green-winged teal!

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You were banded in the Missouri Couteau in southern Saskatchewan near Old Wives Lake. This hilly grassed area has many small wetlands and is a very important nesting area for ducks.

Your parents arrived in the spring to nest. After mating, mom laid you and seven other creamy-white eggs on the ground in a nest hidden by thick grass. Soon after hatching, you followed your mom to look for food in a small pothole – a type of wetland. You loved to eat small invertebrates, seeds and plants from along the water’s surface.

Once you’d grown your flight feathers it was time to migrate south. Each year, you winter at wetlands on the coast of Texas, U.S.A.

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Fast Facts:

  • a dabbling duck that feeds at water surface or by tipping up
  • smallest dabbling duck in North America
  • youth members of Ducks Unlimited Canada are called Greenwings after this small duck
  • because they nest in remote northern habitats, green-winged teal numbers continue to be healthy