Total Pond Numbers

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Total Pond Numbers

Despite a delayed spring over most of the survey area, habitat conditions during the 2013 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey were improved or similar to last year in many areas due to average to above-average annual precipitation, with the exception being southeastern Canada, the northeast U.S., and portions of Montana and the Dakotas. The total pond estimate (Prairie Canada and U.S. combined) was 6.95 ± 0.2 million which was 24% above the 2012 estimate of 5.5 ± 0.2 million and 35% above the long-term average of 5.1 ± 0.03 million.