North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

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North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

Nearly all of the of the U.S. prairies experienced below-average precipitation, with the exception of southeastern South Dakota, where early spring precipitation ameliorated multiple years of drought. These weather patterns were reflected by decreases in pond estimates throughout the prairie pothole region. Most prairie and parkland regions were at best fair for waterfowl production; only areas dominated by semi-permanent and permanent wetlands were rated good. The 2016 pond estimate for the northcentral U.S. was 1.5 ± 0.05 million, which was 30% below the 2015 estimate of 2.2 ± 0.09 million and 11% below the long-term average (1.7 ± 0.01 million).