Florida mottled ducks have an intrinsic, aesthetic value and are highly prized as a game bird. Also they are a defining member of the unique suite of species characteristic of the prairie ecosystem of south Florida.
Wood ducks are small to medium sized ducks, with a noticeably crested head. Males are brightly colored, while females are brownish gray. Both males and females have a white patch around the eyes and throat.
Approximately 20 species of waterfowl migrate to or through Florida during the fall and winter. Wintering areas are important, as they influence duck survival and subsequent reproduction on the breeding grounds. The FWC devotes considerable resources to monitoring and managing these migratory birds and their habitats.