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The following is a Press Release from the U.S. Fish and
Although breeding habitat conditions have declined from
previous years, the 2012 "Trends in Duck Breeding Populations" report estimates
waterfowl production in North America's duck factory is at a record high.
This year's report estimate of 48.6 million
is significantly higher than the 45.6 million birds estimated last year and 43
percent above the long-term average.
This annual report summarizes information about the
status of duck populations and wetland habitats collected by wildlife
biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Canadian Wildlife Service for
the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey (Survey). The Survey samples more than two million
square miles of waterfowl habitat across the United States and Canada.
Highlights from the Survey in the north-central United
States, south-central and northern Canada, and Alaska (the traditional survey
area) include the following population estimates:
abundance is 10.6 million – a 15 percent increase over 2011 and a 39 percent
increase over the long-term average of 7.6 million.
abundance is 10 percent above the 2011 estimate, and 96 percent above the
wigeon abundance increased 3 percent from 2011, but remains 17 percent below
the long-term average.
green-winged teal and blue-winged teal were 3.5 million and 9.2 million, which
were 20 percent and 3 percent above their 2011 numbers. Both species continue
to remain well above their long-term averages by 74 percent and 94 percent,
northern shovelers is 5.0 million, which is 8 percent above 2011, and 111
percent above their long-term average.
pintails are at 3.5 million which is 22 percent below the 2011 estimate and 14
percent below the long-term average.
abundance was unchanged from last year but 89 percent above the long-term
abundance was 0.8 million, which was 10 percent above last year's estimate and
33 percent above their long-term average
lesser and greater scaup abundance estimate was 5.2 million, which was 21
percent above the 2011 estimate and 4 percent above the long-term average.
In the eastern survey area (northeastern United States
and eastern Canada), the estimated abundance for American black duck, green-winged teal, and
merganser populations showed an increase from
2011 estimates in this area. The
survey showed declines in abundance for mallards, goldeneyes, and ring-necked
Habitat conditions observed across the survey areas
during the 2012 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey were
characterized by average to below-average moisture, especially in the southern
portions; due primarily to a mild winter and an early spring.
The 2012 Survey's estimate of ponds for the north-central
U.S. was 1.7 million, which was 49 percent below the 2011 estimate of 3.2
million, and similar to the long-term average. Significant decreases in wetland
numbers and conditions occurred in the U.S. Prairies during 2012. Nearly all of the north-central U.S. habitat
was rated as good to excellent in 2011; however, only the habitat in the coteau
region of North and South Dakota was rated as good in 2012, and no areas were
rated as excellent habitat this year.
Drastic wetland declines in western South Dakota and Montana resulted in
mostly poor to fair habitat conditions.
The annual Survey guides the Service's waterfowl
conservation programs under authority of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The Service works in partnership with state biologists from the four flyways –
the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific – to establish regulatory
frameworks for waterfowl hunting season lengths, dates, and bag limits, derived
in part from the data gathered through this annual survey.