Chinese Merganser (Mergus Squamatus)
Popping up from a dive with a wriggling fish in its serrated beak, this large, sleek duck must watch out for many threats.
The hunter’s rifle, the fisherman’s net, and human disturbance of its prey all take their toll. The construction of dams and canals destroys its gravelly fishing grounds, and the clearing of virgin forests removes the natural tree holes that shelter the merganser and its young.
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Ways to Help
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- Take a hike and the road less traveled. Exploring and getting to know the natural lay of the land around your home gives you a frame of reference for making more ecologically conscious decisions for yourself and your community.
- Follow the rules. When hunting, fishing, or enjoying rivers around you, pay careful attention to posted regulations and signs. Often the most vulnerable species are the ones you’d barely know are there.
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