Cinco de Mayo

Written by Stephen D. Earsom
Thursday, May 05, 2011

Photo of Stephen D. Earsom.Carl Ferguson and I celebrated this Mexican holiday by completing our first practice survey north and west of Toronto. Most of the species we saw—which included mergansers, buffleheads, Canada geese, mallards, teal, scaup, ringnecks and others—have winter ranges that go well south of the US border. Thus, Cinco de Mayo is a good reminder that our migratory waterfowl are a shared resource, and that Canada, the US and Mexico must continue to work together to conserve the wetland habitats on which these species depend.

Wet fields in southern Ontario near London point to a relatively productive breeding season.

Wet fields in southern Ontario near London point to a relatively productive breeding season. Photo by Steve Earsom, USFWS