2017 Pond Numbers

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The amount of water present on the breeding grounds is one of the most important elements in duck breeding success. In 2017, total pond estimates for the United States and Canada combined was 6.1 million. This is 22% above the 2016 estimate of 5 million and 17% above the long-term average of 5.2 million ponds.

Late April habitat conditions in Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS.

Late April habitat conditions in Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS.