Introducing the 2012-2013 Junior Duck Stamp

Image of winning 2012-2013 Junior Duck stamp contest artwork by Christine ClaytonChristine Clayton, 17, of Sidney, Ohio, won the 2012 National Junior Duck Stamp Contest in April with her beautiful rendering of a northern pintail. The 2012-2013 Junior Duck Stamp featuring Christine's design will go on sale June 29 at the Bass Pro Shops retail outlet in Hampton, VA, and will be available nationwide shortly thereafter. Revenue from the sales of the Junior Duck Stamp goes to support awards and environmental education for students who participate in the program, as well as efforts to market the stamp.

2012 Survey Begins!

May Waterfowl survey begins. Photo by Murray Gillespie (Ducks Unlimited Canada).

Spring Waterfowl survey begins. Photo by Murray Gillespie (Ducks Unlimited Canada).

The 2012 Breeding Population and Habitat Survey got off to an early start in late April, as the first of 12 air crews took to the skies and the associated ground crews began their field work. For a front-row seat for the duration of the survey, check out the Pilot Biologist Reports, where some great stories and pictures are already coming in from Canada and the northern U.S. From this site you can see what the air crews see as they fly fixed-wing aircraft at low altitude (150 ft) over transect lines through waterfowl habitat areas. Over 55,000 miles of transects are flown every year. That’s like counting ducks in a single line over two times around the world!

Status Update on Waterfowl Management Plan

NAWMP logoA new draft of the 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is now available on the NAWMP Revision website. This draft has evolved considerably from the first version released last summer, reflecting the useful feedback the NAWMP Plan Committee received during the open comment period.

State Agency Hunting Season Info and Regulations at Your Fingertips

Goose hunter with harvest. Credit: Jon MarshallWaterfowl hunting season is already well under way across North America, but you might be wondering when the last date to hunt is for your location. Or you might need to know the daily bag limits for a certain species.

Your Input Welcome On Waterfowl Management Plan

NAWMP logoThe revised North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is now available for review and comment at www.nawmprevision.org. Comments will be accepted at this website through September 26, 2011. This NAWMP Revision will benefit and help guide the entire waterfowl management community well into the future.

2011 Status of Waterfowl Report Released

Blue-winged Teal photo, Chris Nicolai, US FWSFinal results from the 2011 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey are now available. Preliminary reports are confirmed -- a total duck population estimate of 45.6 million birds in the traditional survey area, which is an 11% increase over last year's tally and 35 percent above the long term average.

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