So It Begins... the 2017 Spring Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey

Survey plane in flight. Credit: USFWS

The Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey is conducted each spring by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services’ Migratory Bird Program, state wildlife agencies and the Canadian Wildlife Service to estimate the size of breeding waterfowl populations across North America and to evaluate habitat conditions on the breeding grounds. Aerial and ground crews will be sharing their views and insights as they survey waterfowl breeding grounds.

Follow this year's crew logs.

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Hunter Activity and Harvest Report for 2014-15 and 2015-16 Seasons Released

Hunter setting decoys. Credit: Milton Friend/USFWS

The latest Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest Report has been released, reporting that nearly 13.3 million ducks were harvested in the United States in 2014, with a decrease to nearly 11 million ducks harvested in 2015. The number of harvested geese was over 3.3 million nationally in 2014, decreasing to just over 2.5 million geese in 2015.

In addition to downloading the full report, you can also generate custom harvest trends reports to quickly and easily view the information that is important to you. With these custom reports, you can view harvest trends for a specific species in a specific state; or you can view results for all ducks or all geese on a national level or within a selected flyway; or you can see the total of all ducks and geese at the national level. Results from these custom reports are presented in line graph format to easily illustrate harvest trends from 1961 through 2014. To view harvest activity reports for previous years, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Management website.

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2017 Adaptive Harvest Management Report

This hard copy report provides waterfowl managers and the public with information about the use of Adaptive Harvest Management for setting waterfowl regulations in the United States.

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Public Invited to the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Selection Event

Image of judging duck stamp entries from the 2012 contest

Waterfowlers have the opportunity to view some amazing artwork at the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Contest event that will be held at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, September 9th and 10th. The event is fully open to the public, including free general admission to the Natural Sciences museum, and will culminate on the 10th in a panel of five judges selecting the artwork that will be featured on this year's Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (also known as the "Duck Stamp"). The stamp has generated more than $900 million to help protect and conserve over six million acres of wetland, bottomland, and grassland habitat for waterfowl and other birds and wildlife. You can learn much more about the stamp and contest event on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website or by connecting with the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, sales, and better understanding of the Duck Stamp.

Learn more about the duck stamp and contest event.

Visit the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp website.

Celebrate 100 Years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

image of Migratory Birds Treaty Act 100th Anniversary LogoAugust 16, 2016 is a day worthy of celebration among waterfowlers, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. signing of the first Migratory Bird Treaty with Great Britain (for Canada). The culmination of an unprecedented movement to protect wildlife wherever it lived, including across international borders, the Treaty set the stage for a century of bird conservation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is allowing everyone to join in the celebration all week with a series of events and through social media.

Learn how you can join in the celebration

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