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Published May 13, 2009, 07:55 AM

Flooding helps N.D. ducks

Flooding has created temporary lakes across North Dakota, and while it’s not good news for farmers trying to get into their fields, it’s great news for ducks.

BISMARCK (AP) — Flooding has created temporary lakes across North Dakota, and while it’s not good news for farmers trying to get into their fields, it’s great news for ducks.

The group Ducks Un-limited said shallow ponds could provide enough habitat for a 50 percent increase in the state’s duck population.

Ducks Unlimited’s Scott Stephens said the shallow water is ideal duck breeding ground. He said it warms up faster than the deeper, more permanent ponds and has aquatic insects that provide protein for ducks to produce eggs.

The ponds eventually will dry up. But Stephens said that by the time they do, the duck population already will have grown.

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