At the February 6, 2017 SSWA meeting, one of our members (Ben Sohm) raised the issue of his finding “rice breast” disease in local black ducks in ever increasing numbers in recent years. He also pointed out that he likely local culprit in all of this is the raccoon. To understand why this may be so, I decided to revisit this topic.
I attended the Atlantic Flyway Council October meetings in Jacksonville, Florida this year. This meeting schedule is new, and reflects a shift in focus from a former “hurry -up” offense to a more sensible “let’s not be too hasty” approach to meetings about waterfowl management in the Atlantic Flyway.