2012 Status of Waterfowl Report Released

Pintail photo, George Gentry, US FWSFinal results from the 2012 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. Preliminary reports are confirmed -- a total duck population estimate of 48.6 million birds in the traditional survey area, which is a 7% increase over last year's tally and 43 percent above the long term average.

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2012 Adaptive Harvest Management Report

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2012 Pond Numbers and Habitat Survey Available

A blue-winged teal pair. Credit: Kammie Kruse, US FWS.

Preliminary results for the 2012 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. The estimate of 48.6 million birds was 7% higher than last year’s estimate of 45.6 million, and was 43% above the long-term average. The total pond estimate was 5.5 million, which was 32% below last year’s estimate of 8.1 million and 9% above the long-term average of 5.1 million. Habitat conditions were characterized by average to below-average moisture, a mild winter, and an early spring across the southern portion of the traditional and eastern survey areas. Northern habitats of the traditional and eastern survey areas generally received average moisture and temperatures. Note: Estimates sometimes change between the preliminary numbers and final results.

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2012 Status And Harvests of Sandhill Cranes Report Now Available

Sandhill crane pair photo, Credit: US FWSThe report covers the Mid-Continent, Rocky Mountain, Lower Colorado River Valley, and Eastern populations of sandhill cranes.

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2011 Status of Waterfowl Report Released

Blue-winged Teal photo, Chris Nicolai, US FWSFinal results from the 2011 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. Preliminary reports are confirmed -- a total duck population estimate of 45.6 million birds in the traditional survey area, which is an 11% increase over last year's tally and 35 percent above the long term average.

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2011 Pond Numbers and Habitat Survey Available

A Northern Pintail takes to the air in southeastern North Dakota. Credit: Chris Nicolai, US FWS.

Preliminary results for the 2011 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. The estimate of 45.6 million birds was 11% higher than last year’s estimate of 40.9 million, and was 35% above the long-term average. The total pond estimate was 8.1 million, which was 22% above last year’s estimate and 62% above the long-term average. Habitat conditions were characterized by average to above-average moisture and a normal winter and spring across the entire traditional and eastern survey areas. The exception was a portion of the west-central traditional survey area that had received below-average moisture. Note: Estimates sometimes change between the preliminary numbers and final results.

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Pilot Biologist Thom Lewis Killed in Tragic Accident

Thom Lewis

Pilot biologist Thom Lewis was lost on June 23, 2011 in a fatal aircraft accident. Thom worked as a pilot biologist for the Migratory Bird Program, and had been involved for the past nine years in the May Breeding Population and Habitat Surveys that are documented via the pilot biologist reports found on this website. Thom and his instructor were conducting early morning instructional flights on Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida.

Thom grew up and attended high school in Maryland where he became an avid outdoorsman. Thom attended Anne Arundel Community College, University of Maryland, and most recently Texas A & M University where he was a M.S. Candidate working with Whooping Cranes. Since 1992, Thom was the Refuge Biologist at St. Vincent NWR in the Florida panhandle until he joined the Division of Migratory Bird Management as a pilot biologist in 2007. He had a great passion for his work, detailed in his final flight log from just a few weeks ago.

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Atlantic Habitat Conditions Excellent for Canada Geese

Canada Geese, Credit: USFWS

With the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey of Canada and the northern United States complete, many pilot biologists flying those surveys continued northward to survey the various populations of sub-arctic and arctic nesting geese. Pilot biologist Mark Koneff reports on the condition of habitats for the Atlantic Population of Canada Geese. Overall conditions in the Ungava peninsula in northern Quebec are excellent and the survey timing appears to be quite good with respect to the breeding behavior of the geese. Despite harsh mid-Atlantic winter conditions last year, increased numbers of breeding and non-breeding geese were spotted across the survey area.

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