Fish and Wildlife Service Monitors Gulf Oil Spill Very Closely

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A mixed flock of ducks taking off from a wetland. Credit: Gary Kramer/USFWSWhile the spring waterfowl population survey results are expected to indicate that population sizes of most duck species and breeding habitat conditions are good this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remains "very concerned" about the impacts of of the gulf coast oil spill. With millions of waterfowl and other migratory birds beginning their fall migration to wintering and stopover habitat along the Gulf Coast in just a few weeks, those impacts will continue to be monitored and taken into account when establishing hunting frameworks for the upcoming season.