2012 White-Fronted Goose Survey Reveals Increase in Population

White-fronted goose making a water landing, Credit: US FWSThe Fall Inventory of Mid-Continent White-Fronted Geese was conducted throughout the Canadian prairie in late September and early October and the results are now available. This year's survey yielded 778,000 white-fronted geese in Alberta and Saskatchewan, a 12 percent increase from the previous year. Good wetland conditions prevailed through most of the survey area.

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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 Adaptive Harvest Management Report

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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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