The Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) is a resident of the Gulf Coast of the US. This duck is a non- migratory and medium-sized dabbling duck whose population has shown a general decline over the last four decades. The population of the Mottled Duck is at risk from habitat degradation and fragmentation, impacts of climate change, and hybridization with Mallards. An annual range-wide aerial breeding population survey covering the western Gulf Coast (Texas and Louisiana) was initiated in 2008 to study and monitor the trends in Mottled Duck population abundance and distribution. At our January 24th meeting, Dr. Vijayan Sundararaj will talk about Mottled Duck ecology and some of the highlights of his research with the Western Gulf breeding survey.
Dr. Vijayan (Vijay) Sundararaj is presently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Depart- ment at Kalamazoo College. He was previously at Texas A&M University-Kingsville on a post-doc- toral position where he collaborated with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Louisiana Depart- ment of Wildlife and Fisheries, and US Fish and Wildlife Service in investigating and improving the Mottled Duck breeding population survey in the Western Gulf Coast. Vijay is a well-traveled zoolo- gist with degrees from universities in India, Israel, and Canada with research focused on foraging and other interacting behavior in mammals and birds ranging from Asiatic Lions and Ungulates in India, to Gerbils and Egrets in Israel.
Join us on Monday, January 24, 7:30 PM, via Zoom. A link to the meeting will be emailed to the membership a few days prior to the meeting. If ASK does not have a current email address for you, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our plan is to record the meeting and make it available for later viewing.