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Study compares benefits of different cover types to waterfowl

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Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge, N.D. --- The mallard hen exploded from the thick grass, startling the bejesus out of an unsuspecting reporter who came to his senses just in time to see the clutch of eggs concealed at his feet.

The encounter was more jolting than a stiff cup of coffee, but aside from a close call with cardiac arrest, no harm was done to human, duck or nest.

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