North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

Following a relatively mild winter, the U.S. prairies recorded an early spring, although precipitation since last summer was average to mostly below average. Habitat conditions declined relative to 2014 in Montana and the Dakotas despite significant rainfall in May, which came too late to benefit most nesting waterfowl. The 2015 pond estimate for the northcentral U.S. was 2.2 ± 0.09 million which was 16% below the 2014 estimate of 2.6 ± 0.1 million and 28% above the long-term average (1.7 ± 0.02 million).