2009 Pond Numbers

Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Conditions across the Canadian prairies improved in 2009, with the exception of southern Alberta. The 2009 estimate of ponds in Prairie Canada was 3.6 ± 0.1 million. This was a 17% increase from last year's estimate (3.1 ± 0.1 million) and was similar to the long-term average (3.4 ± 0.03 million). The prairie parklands received below-normal precipitation but waterfowl habitat in this area continued to benefit from above-normal precipitation received in 2007 and was classified as fair to good.

North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

Significant improvements in wetland numbers and conditions occurred in the U.S. prairies during 2009. The 2009 pond estimate for the north-central U.S. of 2.9 ± 0.1 million was 108% above last year's estimate (1.4 ± 0.07 million) and 87% above the long-term average (1.5 ± 0.02 million). Considerable precipitation in late spring 2008 and above-normal precipitation over the fall and winter recharged wetlands across the Dakotas and eastern Montana. Drier conditions were noted in western Montana and southeastern South Dakota.

Total Pond Numbers

Total Pond Numbers

Habitat conditions during the 2009 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey were characterized by above-average moisture across the southern portions of the traditional survey area, good habitat in the eastern survey area, and late spring conditions across northern survey areas. The total pond estimate (Prairie Canada and U.S. combined) was 6.4 ± 0.2 million. This was 45% above last year's estimate of 4.4 ± 0.2 million ponds and 31% above the long-term average of 4.9 ± 0.03 million ponds.