North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

Much of the U.S. prairies had average winter precipitation and well-below-average winter temperatures that continued into spring. Habitat conditions improved in the western Dakotas and Montana from 2013 but remained similar in the eastern Dakotas. The 2014 pond estimate for the northcentral U.S. was 2.6 ± 0.1 million, which was similar to the 2013 estimate (2.3 ± 0.1 million) and 53% above the 1974-2013 average (1.7 ± 0.02 million). Waterfowl habitat in North Dakota remains under pressure from wetland drainage, loss of CRP grasses, and energy development.