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Ducks and Geese of the Virginia Tech Duck Pond. Rachel Blumberg Amanda Di Maso Ashleigh Murray Haley Willis. Introduction. Question: How do the species of the duck pond interact with each other and amongst themselves?

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Ducks and geese of the virginia tech duck pond

Ducks and Geese

of the Virginia Tech Duck Pond

Rachel Blumberg

Amanda Di Maso

Ashleigh Murray

Haley Willis


Ducks and geese of the virginia tech duck pond

Introduction

  • Question: How do the species of the duck pond interact with each other and amongst themselves?

  • Hypothesis: If the ducks and geese in the duck pond are observed in the same environment, then there will be negative interactions or avoidance between the species because geese are territorial and aggressive.


Ducks and geese of the virginia tech duck pond

Materials and Methods

  • Materials

  • Camera

  • Pen and Paper

  • Methods

  • Observe the ducks and geese in the duck pond for an allotted time

  • Record all observations


Ducks and geese of the virginia tech duck pond

Observations

  • Ducks:

  • Groups of pairs/bachelors

  • Searched for food

  • Aggressive single males

  • Feed, preen, sleep

  • Bachelors preened more

  • Equal amounts of time on land and water

  • Travelled one behind the other


Ducks and geese of the virginia tech duck pond

Observations Cont…

  • Geese:

  • Large group, very clustered

  • Breeding pairs

  • Slept more

  • Preened less

  • Aggressive single males

  • Shallow/open water

  • Fed when provided food


Ducks and geese of the virginia tech duck pond

Observations Cont…

  • Interactions between Ducks and Geese

  • No negative

  • Swam freely

  • Geese ignored ducks

  • Ate without aggression


Ducks and geese of the virginia tech duck pond

Number of Organisms


Ducks and geese of the virginia tech duck pond

Conclusions

  • Hypothesis was partially rejected

  • No negative behavior between species

  • Ignored eachother


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