Total Pond Numbers

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Total Pond Numbers

Habitat conditions during the 2012 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey were characterized by average to below-average moisture, a mild winter, and an early spring across the southern portion of the traditional and eastern survey areas. Northern habitats of the traditional and eastern survey areas generally received average moisture and temperatures. The total pond estimate (Prairie Canada and U.S. combined) was 5.5 ± 0.2 million. This was 32% below the 2011 estimate of 8.1 ± 0.2 million ponds, and 9% above the long-term average of 5.1 ± 0.03 million ponds.