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Waterfowl Numbers Remain Strong This Year

Cara J

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Overall waterfowl population numbers in the United States and Canada have remained strong this year, based on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report on 2015 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations released this month. The report, a compilation of data from surveys conducted in May and early June by USFWS and the Canadian Wildlife Service, showed that the duck numbers in the survey area — including areas such as Alaska, Alberta and Montana, and many others — is similar to survey numbers from last year, continuing the trend of a strong waterfowl population. “We are fortunate to see continued high overall duck populations in North America’s breeding areas this year,” said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall in a press release. “Though conditions were dry in some important habitats, we had large numbers of birds returning this spring and good conditions in the Boreal Forest and other areas of Canada.” The total number of breeding ducks in the traditional survey area is 43 percent above the 1955-2014 long-term average. Further, it’s the highest count on record, with last year’s population estimated at 49.2 million birds and this year’s at 49.5 million birds. For example, the survey estimates that there are 11.6 [...]


Read more: http://wildlife.org/waterfowl-numbers-remain-strong-this-year/

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