Drake (male) wood duck captured and banded in 2016 at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.

Visitors joined U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists August 26, to assist them with banding wood ducks and mallards at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center (PWLC) in Fergus Falls.

Staff helped visitors discover why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bands ducks; how their swim-in traps work; how to identify, age, and sex ducks; the best way to hold a wild duck; why a perfect band job is a must; and much more.

The Prairie Wetland Learning Center (PWLC) is comprised of 330 acres of wetlands and prairies and includes a visitor center with classrooms, exhibit hall, and dining area, plus four miles of trails and 28 wetlands. It is located on State Highway 210 East, south of Fergus Falls, one mile from exit 57 off I-94. For more information, call (218) 998-4480, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/fergus_falls_wmd or find the PWLC on Facebook at www.facebook.com /PrairieWetlands.

The PWLC is part of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the over 568million-acres, which encompasses over 560 National Wildlife Refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.