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December 25, 2019 @x The Aberdeen Times A Pa e 3 Girls end victorious over American Falls The Aberdeen girls’ basketball team hosted American Falls Tuesday, Dec. 17, and beat the Lady Beavers 48-37. The team started a little slow, only making six points in the first quar- ter while American Falls made 11 points. Aberdeen picked up their pace in the second quarter making 17 points and holding Ameri- can Falls to six. The Lady Tigers again slowed down in the third quarter hit- ting 11 points to American Falls’ 15 points. Aberdeen picked up the pace again in the fourth quarter, scor- ing 14 points and holding American Falls to only five points. 7 Stats: Hope Driscoll Here’s where Idaho’s ducks come from Study identifies origins of ducks harvested in Pacific F lyway states . by Brian Pearson Idaho Fish & Game When temperatures fall in December and J anu- ary, duck hunting in Idaho — particularly in the south- west part of the state — of- ten heats up with the arrival of “northern birds.” But ex- actly where in the north are these birds coming from?- Generally speaking, the likeliest answer for Idaho hunters is Alberta. In a 2017 study, re- searchers at the University of Minnesota and the Cali- fornia Department of Wa- ter Resources shed some additional light on where dabbling ducks harvested in the Pacific F lyway origi- nated. Using abundance, banding and harvest data from throughout the Pacific Flyway, as well as other im- portant source areas in the neighboring Central Fly- way, researchers were able to estimate Where ducks came from and where they were harvested over the course of about 50 years, from 1966 to 2013. Over that time, 38 per- cent of the most common dabbling ducks harvested in Idaho, which include green-winged teal, wigeon, pintails, mallard, gadwall and wood ducks,' came from Alberta, followed by Idaho (17 percent) and Montana and the Dakotas (13 percent). | More than three-quar- ters of all dabbling ducks harvested in Idaho are mal- lards, and Alberta is Ida- ho’s largest source for the species. Alberta is also Idaho’s largest source of gadwall, but when it comes to the , other species that end up on Idaho duck hunters’ straps, the province isn’t leading the pack. It plays second fiddle to the Yukon and Northwest Territories as Idaho’s largest source of wigeon. Alaska is Idaho’s largest source of green- winged teal and northern pintail, while British Co- lumbia is Idaho’s largest source of wood ducks. What about the ducks that originate in Idaho? Of the mallards banded in Ida- ho, 62 percent are harvest- ed within the state. Califor- nia hunters harvest more Idaho-origin wood ducks (45 percent) than anywhere else in the flyway, followed by Idaho (24 percent). Here are more high- lights from the study for Idaho’s waterfowl hunters: - Alberta was the largest source of mallards harvested in Idaho (42 per- cent), followed by Idaho (21 percent), Montana and the Dakotas (15 percent), and British Columbia (10 percent) - 43 percent of gad- wall harvested in Idaho originated in Alberta, fol- lowed by Oregon (29 per- ! . \v cent) and Montana and the Dakotas (13 percent), Sas- katchewan and Manitoba (7 percent) and Idaho (7 percent) , A large proportion of the wigeon harvested in Idaho originated in Yukon and the Northwest Territo- ries (44 percent) followed by Alberta (25 percent) and Alaska (23 percent) - Alaska is Idaho’s largest source of green- winged teal (63 percent) and northern pintail (50 percent) - British Columbia was the largest source of ‘wood duck harvest in Ida- ho (36 percent), followed by Idaho (34 percent) and Alberta (25 percent) To see the study for yourself, check out "‘Dis- tribution and derivation of dabbling duck harvests in the Pacific F lyway.” Waterfowl bands have a special place» in water- fowl hunting, and they are part of a long-running program where wildlife managers trap waterfowl, usually during late sum- mer, and place small metal bands on the legs of ducks and geese to track migra- tions and populations. As those banded birds migrate, they are frequent— ly harvested by hunters, recaptured by researchers, or eventually found dead from other causes, and the information on the band is relayed back to the US. Geological Survey and en.- tered into a database. This banding data, in addition to breeding population es- ‘ timates and harvest data, were the backbone of this study. I In Idaho, F&G staff traps and bands thousands of ducks across the state as part of this federal program, and the state’s hunters are responsible for reporting led the team with 14 points. Yasmin Ortiz followed with 12 points, Courtney Phillips and Ellie Watson , made 10 points each and Vanesa Hernandez made , two points. “American Falls played . hard. We didn’t match their intensity or effort to start ‘the game and it cost us. They’re a tough team. It’s a rivalry game andit’s al- ways intense. We’re so proud of the girls for grind- ing out a tough win,” coach Ryan Wahlen said. The girls will host the East Idaho Holiday Invi- tational Friday and Satur- day, Dec. 27 and 28. Teams- attending are Aberdeen, American Falls, South Fre- mont, West Jefferson, West Side and North Fremont. Games will begin at 9 am. on both days and will be played throughout the day. Zenaida colungo battles for a lose ball ' with Grace Barclay from American Falls Ellie Watson works for inside position against American Falls Tuesday, Dec. 17 thousands of bands from the birds they harvest. “This is, really a tre- mendous example of suc- cessful citizen science. By reporting waterfowl bands, hunters have really helped us gain a ton of valuable information on waterfowl, not just for migration, but also on harvest, survival, and reproduction,” said Jeff Knetter, Idaho Fish and Game’s upland game and migratory game. bird coordinator. “The informa- tion that hunters provide when they report the band- ed birds they harvest plays <\ a direct role in developing appropriate hunting regu- lations and conservation strategies for waterfowl.” If you’ve shot a duck or goose with a band, you should report it by going to reportbandgov, and you can become part of the cir- cle of research and informa- tion that is key to ensuring healthy populations of wa- terfowl for the future. After reporting, you will receive a certificate of appreciation that includes where the bird was banded and how old it ' was at the time of banding. Ben Velasco, a senior at 138, looks for an opening against South Fremont Wednesday, Dec. 18 ‘ “WW”, v Leiv Mack’s pin attempt was stopped by the bell. He is a junior at 152 pounds. NEEDED: HID Truck Mechanics Excellent benefits 2953 Lamb Weston Rd., American Falls ID, 8321 1 208-226-7770 . Power'County Hospital District providers . and staff wish everyone a very. Merry Christmas & Happy, Healthy New Years to come! . POWER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT