Duck Specialist Group

The Duck Specialist Group is a global network of duck specialists working on the monitoring, research, conservation and management of wild duck populations. The DSG strives to facilitate effective communication and transfer of knowledge and best practice between members and others with an interest in duck management and conservation. It works closely with the Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Group (TWSG), whose focus includes globally threatened duck species, and now incorporates the formerly separate Seaduck Specialist Group. 


Latest news

The 5th International Sea Duck conference will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland on 8-12 September 2014. Further details will be available on the conference website in due course. [added 8 May 2013]

On behalf of the organisers, Aleksi Lehikoinen has announced that the 4th Pan-European Duck Symposium will be held in Hanko, southern Finland, on 7-11 April 2015. Further details will be available in due course on the conference website. We hope to see many of you there! [added 15 March 2013]

A new webpage featuring the work of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership's Task Force for Scaly-sided Merganser has been launched. [added 13 March 2013]

DSG is pleased to announce that the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU (FACE) have become the first sponsoring organisation to provide financial support to the DSG. This is warmly welcomed and will provide much needed support for core activities. It is hoped we will be able to announce the support of further organisations in the near future. [added 14 November 2012]

A call for proposals to host the 7th North American Duck Symposium (NADS) has been made by the NADS Board. Please send proposals to Tom Nudds by 31 December 2012. The date and venue will be announced at the NADS6 / ECNAW conference in January 2013. [added 12 November 2012]

At the Ramsar Conference of the Parties, currently taking place in Romania, Wetlands International have launched the new Waterbird Population Estimates website. This fantastic new resource presents the latest (5th) version of WPE, as well as information from previous versions of WPE and other relevant sources of status information (primarily the Conservation Status Reports prepared for AEWA). It will undoubtedly be an essential resource for many years to come. Thanks go to all the DSG members that provided information that supported the completion of WPE5 and the development of WPE online. [added 9 July 2012]

White-headed Steamerduck, newly listed as Vulnerable, is the featured Amazing Species this week. More information about this species can be found here. Thanks to Laura Aguero in Chubut for putting together the information in this Amazing Species account. [added 3 July 2012]

A statement outlining key conclusions by delegates attending the 3rd Pan-European Duck Symposium, held in April 2012, was issued on 8 May 2012. The Jindrichuv Hradec statement was circulated to AEWA, ORNIS and Ramsar representatives, and highlights the current key issues for duck conservation and management in Europe. [added 10 May 2012]


The Duck Specialist Group Bulletin

The DSG Bulletin publishes short articles on duck management, research and conservation. The Bulletin is published periodically and its primary aim is to improve information exchange between duck specialists across the globe. We publish short papers with original data, progress reports of conservation projects, news items and requests for information. If you wish to submit an article for publication, please contact us.

Currently, bulletin production is not possible and for the foreseeable future the dissemination of news and other information will be either via this website or the DSG email forum, open to members. However, it is hoped the redevelopment of a bulletin can begin again soon, and any members interested in helping with this are asked to contact the coordinator.


Past events

A workshop on European seaduck conservation was held on the 24 April 2012, and further information on the outputs of this will be posted here soon.

The IUCN-SSC Chairs meeting took place in February 2012, and the DSG profile compiled for this meeting, covering the quadrennium 2008-2011, can be seen here.

The Nordic Waterbirds and Climate Network held their 2nd conference in Oster Malma, Sweden on 24-28 October 2011. Delegates focused on Mallard and Eider and examined issues such as shifting distributions and monitoring effectiveness. Abstracts from this meeting can be found here. A follow-up meeting took place on the 25 April 2012 at the 3rd Pan-European Duck Symposium.

A workshop on seaducks in the Baltic Sea was held on 14-15 June 2011, hosted by Kjell Larsson (Gotland University). Further details can be found here.

Pan-European Duck Symposium - Three symposia have been held: i) the first in Denmark in March 2006 (contact the DSG for the abstracts of the oral and poster presentations), ii) the second in Arles, France, 23-26 March 2009 - the conference proceedings were published as Special Issue No.2 of Wildfowl and the papers can be downloaded from the Wildfowl website, iii) the third in Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic, on the 26-28 April 2012 - further details are available on the PEDS3 website.

North American Duck Symposium - Five symposia have taken place to date and abstracts and other information about them all can be found here.

Ecology and Conservation of North American Wildfowl - a symposium and joint meeting of the North American Duck Symposium and the North American Arctic Goose Symposium. This large and wide ranging conference was held in Memphis, Tennessee on 27-31 January 2013. Further details are available here.

International Sea Duck Conference - Four conferences have taken place in North America, with the next planned for Iceland. The most recent was held in Seward, Alaska, USA on 12-16 September 2011. Further details can be found here.


Enquiries to:

Richard Hearn, Global Coordinator, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7BT, UK. Email:

Doug Harebottle, Regional Coordinator (Africa), Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa. Email:

Diana Solovyeva, Regional Coordinator (North Asia), Laboratory of Ornithology, Institute of Biological Problems of the North, Portovaya Str. 18, 685000 Magadan, Russia. Email:

Forthcoming events

Further details of these events can be found in the main body of the web page

23-25 April 2014 - AEWA Action planning workshop for the Long-tailed Duck (Roosta, Estonia)

8-12 September 2014 - The 5th International Sea Duck conference (Reykjavik, Iceland)

7-11 April 2015 - The 4th Pan-European Duck Symposium (Hanko, Finland)