Release Date: 11/02/2006

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) recognized the winning Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wood duck banding region at their Nov. 2 meeting.

Robert Helm, LDWF waterfowl study leader, presented Region 7 wildlife biologists Randy Myers and Mike Perot with the annual trophy acknowledging that Region 7 had banded more wood ducks than any other of the state's seven regions as part of an inter-departmental competition.

Region 7, which includes the Florida parishes, and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, banded 627 wood ducks this year.  This was the second year in a row  Region 7 won the award that started in 2003. Region 6 finished in second place with 530 wood ducks banded.

"The award was developed four years ago to help combat the previous run of poor results due to droughts by introducing a competitive spirit among the regions," Helm said.  "This annual award shows appreciation for the hard work of the banding crew in the winning region and to help promote the program."

The department banded a record 2,100 wood ducks this year, which is about 400 more than 2005. 

Banding provides essential information used to calculate the population status and distribution patterns of this native waterfowl species. Due to their use of wooded swamps and sloughs, wood duck populations are very difficult to monitor using traditional survey techniques, making banding the most important management tool.

Mike Perot and Randy Myers of the Region 7 Wood Duck Banding Team accepting the award.

For more information, contact Robert Helm at 225-765-2358 or rhelm@wlf.louisiana.gov.