Sea ducks are a large group of waterfowl that, relative to other waterfowl species, we know little about. Some sea duck populations are declining or have lower numbers than they did historically, and they depend on sensitive coastal, arctic, and boreal habitats throughout the continent.
The Sea Duck Joint Venture
We are a bi-national conservation partnership of organizations committed to maintaining sustainable populations of North American sea ducks throughout their ranges.
We promote the conservation of North American sea ducks through partnerships by providing greater knowledge and understanding for effective population and habitat conservation and management.
Sea Duck Joint Venture Partner Organizations
In 2020, a Birds Canada paper detailing 20 years of sea duck population trends in the Salish Sea revealed some unsettling news – many species were currently or had been experiencing population declines. Between 1999 and 2019, White-winged scoters experienced a 4.3% population decline per year, while Black scoters experienced a 15% decline per year, and Long-tailed Ducks a 5% decline per year in the same period. The challenges of understanding and addressing these dramatic population decreases were compounded by a lack of cross-border baseline data on many of the species, making it hard to truly assess the causes and timing of the declines.
Calling all Sea Duck enthusiasts! Join us for the 7th International Virtual Sea Duck Conference (ISDC) this January 8-11, 2024. The gathering will draw together sea duck enthusiasts from academia, government agencies, conservation organizations, industry, and...
The Sea Duck Key Habitat Sites Atlas is a comprehensive map identifying key sea duck habitats in North America. It focuses on 85 specific sites spanning from California to Labrador to the Arctic that are critically important for sea ducks during one or more seasons...