2016 Pond Numbers

The amount of water present on the breeding grounds is one of the most important elements in duck breeding success. In 2016, total pond estimates for the United States and Canada combined was 5 million. This is 21% below the 2015 estimate of 6.3 million and 4% below the long-term average of 5.2 million ponds.

Habitat conditions in the eastern Dakotas. Photo Credit: Dave Fonczak, USFWS.

Habitat conditions in the eastern Dakotas. Photo Credit: Dave Fonczak, USFWS.