Frequently Asked Questions about The Mallard Release Program
Where do SCWA mallards come from?
The mallards that SCWA uses in the Mallard Release Program come from the Frost Waterfowl Hatchery in Darlington, S.C. The Frost Waterfowl Trust manages the genetics of their flock to ensure that their breeders are of the highest genetic quality. These birds exhibit similar plumage, body size and fledging characteristics as their wild reared cousins. When given proper nutrition all Frost mallards are capable of flight at 8 weeks of age. This is identical to the fledging period of Mallards reared in the wild. All Frost mallards are USDA health certified prior to shipment.
How do I get enrolled in the MRP?
First, contact the SCWA Executive Director/waterfowl biologist David Wielicki at 803-452-6001. There are several factors that will need to be addressed in the initial conversation such as, plant and flood capability of your habitat, water sources, pumping potential, and release pond locations. These are key factors that must be addressed before moving forward.
How much does it cost to get into the Mallard Release Program?
A $500 mallard project membership fee must be paid in order to receive an annual site visit and phone consultation.
When do I get my ducks and how old are they when I get them?
The distribution season runs from the end of May through the middle of August. The ducks are transported directly from Frost waterfowl to your release pond. The ducks will vary in age from 4 to 6 weeks old at the time of distribution.
Should you have any questions about The Mallard Research Program please contact:
David Wielicki – SCWA Executive Director and Waterfowl Biologist – SCWA
Office: 803-452-6001 ext. 102