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About Dave Odell

Dave Odell (a.k.a Professor Duck) holds a Bachelors Degree in Zoology from Houghton College and a Masters Degree in Zoology (emphasis: wildlife management) from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.

Trumpeter Swans: An Inside Look

While walking my property in southeastern Wayne Co., New York, I frequently see and hear Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator). A few days ago, I was sitting in some cover by the river with my dog. I was texting to someone when the dog began to bark. A family of four swans had silently paddled within about 25 feet of us! When the dog [...]

By |2019-11-15T15:06:47-04:00November 15th, 2019|

Professor Duck Sits Down with Legendary NY Duck Decoy Carver Bill Moore

Professor Duck had the opportunity to sit down with an award-winning carver from Central New York State. Bill Moore has been a waterfowl hunter and decoy carver for many decades. His favorite duck to carve is the Wigeon (Professor Duck’s favorite!) and he enjoys hunting diving ducks. In this video, he shares his knowledge on carving techniques and materials, as well as reflections [...]

By |2019-11-06T14:52:45-04:00November 6th, 2019|

An Introduction to Freshwater Wetland Restoration

A wetland has three key identifying characteristics: water (hydrology), soil and vegetation. Wetlands are flooded or have water near or at the surface for at least part of the year. Over the years, this wet condition produces what is known as ‘hydric soil,’ which is often dark colored. These water and soil conditions give certain plants a competitive advantage over the typical plants you [...]

By |2019-10-11T15:31:56-04:00October 11th, 2019|

Early September Teal Season is Here!

Many of you are planning to venture out for early September teal season in states that have one. Those of you who are new to hunting or bird watching will wear out your eyes looking at flocks of Green-winged , Blue-winged, or Cinnamon Teal for the beautiful drakes portrayed in the guide books. In the late summer and early fall, adult teal are still [...]

By |2019-10-11T15:28:53-04:00September 12th, 2019|

Why is Wetland Management important?

Many years ago, a couple of savvy wildlife biologists wrote an article entitled, “An Acre of Marsh is Worth….” In it, they attempted to quantify the value of a wetland in dollars and cents. Not an easy task then, and not an easy one now. In addition to the obvious references to wildlife, they included aspects such as flood control, ground water recharge and [...]

By |2019-10-11T15:27:32-04:00November 3rd, 2018|
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