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A mallard hen fitted with a VHF transmitter flies by a wind tower near Kulm, N.D. A research project now under way in southeastern North Dakota aims to learn more about the impact of wind farms on waterfowl survival and production. UND graduate student Tanner Gue is overseeing the fieldwork. (Jason Tarwater photo)

Ducks in the wind: Research project explores impact of wind farms on nesting waterfowl

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Tanner Gue knows as well as anyone just how wet it's been this summer in some of North Dakota's prime waterfowl country.

That's good for ducks, of course, even if it sometimes complicates life for people trying to study them.

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A UND graduate student, Gue, 25, is heading up the fieldwork portion of a two-year research project aiming to learn more about the impact of wind farms on the survival of nesting ducks.

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