The DSG shares knowledge
and best practice for
global duck conservation

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Brazilian Merganser © Richard Hearn

Input needed for 6th
review of global
Waterbird Population
Estimates and
flyway mapping

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Hartlaub's Ducks © Lars Petersson

The DSG network supports global
conservation efforts for ducks

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AEWA Long-tailed Duck workshop © Sergey Dereliev

Welcome to the Duck Specialist Group


The IUCN Species Survival Commission Duck Specialist Group (DSG) is a global network of duck specialists working on the monitoring, research, conservation and management of wild duck populations. The DSG network works to generate and disseminate knowledge and best practice between members and others with an interest in duck conservation and management, and to ensure priority issues for duck conservation are identified and addressed. It works closely with Wetlands International, who coordinate the monitoring of many duck populations, the Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Group, whose focus includes globally threatened duck species, the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group, whose work includes issues related to the sustainable harvest of ducks, and the Species Monitoring Specialist Group, who work to stimulate and support biodiversity monitoring by all taxonomic Specialist Groups.


Latest news

Richard Hearn

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad news that our friend, valued colleague and leader of the Duck Specialist Group, Richard Hearn, has lost his battle with illness and has sadly passed away. Rich will be known to many for he has been instrumental not only in the monitori
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New duck wings scheme initiated in Italy

The ONCFS duck wing guide has been translated into Italian as a precursor to a new national scheme in Italy
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Important progress made by the Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force

The 3rd Scaly-sided Merganser Task Force workshop was held in Yueyang, China, in December 2018
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Successful workshop on Scaly-sided Merganser conservation

The first international workshop on the conservation of Scaly-sided Merganser was held in Changde, China, in December 2018.
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