North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

Significant declines in wetland numbers and conditions occurred in the U.S. Prairies during 2012. The 2012 pond estimate for the north-central U.S. was 1.7 ± 0.1 million, which was 49% below last year's estimate (3.2 ± 0.1 million) and similar to the 1974-2011 average. Nearly all of the north-central U.S. was rated as good to excellent in 2011. However, only the coteau of North and South Dakota was rated as good in 2012, and no areas were rated as excellent this year. Drastic wetland declines in western South Dakota and Montana resulted in mostly poor to fair habitat conditions.