Historically, the American black duck was the most abundant dabbling duck in eastern North America and comprised the largest portion of the region’s waterfowl harvest. Despite its importance, the black duck population declined by more than 50 percent between the 1950s and 1980s. The mid-Atlantic region supports the largest portion of eastern North America’s wintering black duck population, and preserving wetland habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is critical to the long-term sustainability of the species.
- Read the Management Strategy (pdf)
- Download the 2018-2019 black duck logic and action plan Work Plan (pdf)
By 2025, restore, enhance and preserve wetland habitats that support a wintering population of 100,000 black ducks, a species representative of the health of tidal marshes across the watershed. Refine population targets through 2025 based on best available science.
Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)
Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)
State of Delaware
District of Columbia
State of Maryland
State of New York
Commonwealth of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
To track the progress of one or more management strategies, visit our Management Strategies Dashboard.