North America’s spring duck population declined, but most species remain above long-term averages. The breeding duck population is estimated at 41.19 million, a 13% decrease over last year. Pond counts in prairie and parkland Canada decreased 15%, but were still 4% above the long-term average.
“Ducks declined due to dry conditions in large portions of the breeding grounds. Fortunately, we continue to benefit from “carryover birds” hatched during highly productive springs over the past several years,” said Dr. Frank Rohwer, president and chief scientist of Delta Waterfowl.
For the complete survey please visit http://go.pardot.com/e/188022/wlPopulationStatusReport18-pdf/7rypx/200854581.