A duck’s eggs are crucial to the survival of an endangered species, the conservation organization Conservation International said Friday.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently considering the conservation implications of the reintroduction of ducks in the Great Lakes.
The reintroduction program is expected to begin in 2017 and will be supported by $30 million from the U.s.
Department of Agriculture.
The program would reintroduce some 5,000 birds to the lake and restore a species that was extinct since the 1800s.
The ducks are known as the “duckling” in the native language of the region because they are small and easy to catch, said Michael Lapp, director of the Great Lake Wildlife Refuge Program.
It’s not just a conservation issue, but a cultural issue as well, Lapp said.
People here speak a lot about ducks and their importance in the region.
A native species of ducks, the native population of ducks are endangered.
They have lost most of their genetic diversity and have declined by about 80 percent since 1900, according to the U,S.