2010 Duck Numbers and Habitat Survey Available
Preliminary results for the 2010 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. The estimate of 40.9 million birds is similar to last year’s estimate of 42.0 million, and was 21% above the long-term average. The total pond estimate was 6.7 million, which was similar to last year’s estimate and 34% above the long-term average. Habitat conditions were characterized by average to below-average moisture and a mild winter and early spring across the entire traditional (including the northern locations) and eastern survey areas. Note: Estimates sometimes change between the preliminary numbers and final results.