North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

Much of the U.S. prairies had average winter precipitation and received record-breaking snowfall in April. Despite the moisture most of the habitat was fair to poor, which was unchanged from 2012. The 2013 pond estimate for the northcentral U.S. was 2.3 ± 0.1 million, which was 41% above the 2012 estimate (1.7 ± 0.1 million) and 42% above the 1974-2012 average (1.7 ± 0.02 million). Most of the increase in pond numbers resulted from 10 days of rain in May during the survey, and post-survey reconnaissance revealed numerous wetlands, with many unoccupied by waterfowl.