North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

The 2008 pond estimate for the north-central U.S. of 1.4 million was 30% below last year’s estimate (2.0 million) and 11% below the long-term average (1.5 million). Following the completion of the survey the Dakotas and neighboring areas experienced several heavy rainfall events. This likely will ease drought conditions and may improve habitat conditions for late nesters or improve the success of re-nesting attempts.