USFWS Wood Duck Project

2005 - 2008


Sylvan Heights assisted the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with a study that determined the effects of pollution in North Carolina's Roanoke River on the reproductive success of the wood duck, an iconic species of North American wetlands.  For four years, USFWS scientists were granted non-invasive access to breeding pairs of wood ducks at the Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center. 


Beijing Genome Institute & UNC W



It was recently shown that ducks have a gene called RIG-1 that provides immunological resistance to avian influenza. This gene was shown to be absent in galliform species. However, the distribution of presence of this gene in the genome across all Anseriformes, or absence in all Galliformes, has not been tested.