Northern Pintail

Anas acuta


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Jane E. Austin is currently a wildlife research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Northern Prairie Science Center, Jamestown, North Dakota. She holds a B.S. from the University of Maine at Orono, and earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia, where she studied postbreeding ecology of Lesser Scaup and wintering ecology of Canada Geese. She is presently investigating spring settling patterns of Northern Pintails in the Prairie Pothole Region. Her research interests include the ecology of migrating and breeding waterfowl and other waterbirds. Current address: Northern Prairie Science Center, 8711 37th Street SE, Jamestown, ND 58401.

Michael R. Miller has retired from his position as a wildlife research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Western Ecological Science Center, Dixon, California. He graduated from Washington State University in 1968 with a B.S. in wildlife biology. He earned a M.Sc. from the University of California at Davis in 1974 where he studied comparative feeding efficiency of Northern Pintails, Gadwalls, and Northern Shovelers. Mike has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Biological Service in a variety of management and research capacities since 1975. He has studied the winter ecology of Northern Pintails in California, including food habits, body condition, behavior, molt, survival rates, habitat use, and movements. He has also examined food resources for waterfowl in harvested grain fields of the Sacramento Valley, and recently he began long-term nesting studies of Mourning Doves. Current address: California Pacific Science Center, 6924 Tremont Road, Dixon, CA 95620.

David A. Haukos is currently a wildlife research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit stationed at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. He earned his Ph.D. (1991) in Wildlife Science from Texas Tech University, his M.Sc (1988) in Wildlife Science from Texas Tech University, and his B.S. (1986) in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from South Dakota State University. His research program is focused on avian population response to changing landscape conditions and habitat management. Much of his research program has been associated with wetlands and prairies of the central and southern Great Plains, with additional emphasis on Gulf Coast marshes. Current address: Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Division of Biology, 205 Leasure Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Email: .

Joseph P. Fleskes is currently a wildlife research biologist with the U. S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological Research Center stationed at Dixon, California.  He earned his Ph.D. (1999) in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, and his M.Sc. (1986) in Wildlife Biology and B.S. (1980) in Fisheries & Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University.  His research program is aimed at informing management of wildlife populations and their habitats and has been focused especially on ecology of northern pintails and other migratory waterfowl and how they respond to landscape-scale changes.  Joe has conducted research in a variety of nesting, migration, and wintering regions throughout North America with emphasis since 1986 in the Central Valley of California and other parts of the Pacific Flyway. Current address:  USGS-Western Ecological Research Center, 800 Business Park Drive, Suite D, Dixon, CA 95620.

Karla L. Guyn is currently National Director of Conservation for Ducks Unlimited Canada at Oak Hammock Marsh, Manitoba. She holds a B.S. from the University of Montana in Missoula, and earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon, where she studied breeding ecology of Northern Pintails. Karla continues to be engaged with research on breeding pintails in the Canadian prairies, but focuses much of her time now on waterfowl habitat conservation across Canada. Current address: Ducks Unlimited Canada, Box 1160, Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0. Email: .

Robert G. Clark is a Research Scientist with Environment Canada's Wildlife Research Division, and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan. He obtained graduate degrees (MSc, 1979; PhD, 1985) in Wildlife Ecology from McGill University, Montréal. Bob's research group focuses primarily on demography, life histories and habitat selection in waterfowl, other waterbirds and tree swallows. A central theme of his work is to inform conservation decisions by integrating science and management, evaluating causes of population changes and assessing the biological effectiveness of wildlife management programs. Current address: Prairie & Northern Wildlife Research Center, Environment Canada, 115 Perimeter Road, Saskatoon, SK S7N0X4. Email: .

Recommended Citation

Clark, R. G., J. P. Fleskes, K. L. Guyn, D. A. Haukos, J. E. Austin, and M. R. Miller (2014). Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.