2009 Population Estimates

In the traditional survey area, which includes strata 1-18, 20-50, and 75-77, the total duck population estimate (excluding scoters, eiders, long-tailed ducks, mergansers, and wood ducks) was 42.0 million birds. This estimate represents a 13% increase over last year’s estimate of 37.3 million birds, and is 25% above the long-term average.

Total Breeding Duck Population Estimates

Total Breeding Duck Population Estimates

In the traditional survey area, which includes strata 1-18, 20-50, and 75-77, the total duck population estimate (excluding scoters [Melanitta spp.], eiders [Somateria spp. and Polysticta stelleri], long-tailed ducks [Clangula hyemalis], mergansers [Mergus spp. and Lophodytes cucullatus], and wood ducks [Aix sponsa]) was 42.0 million birds. This estimate represents a 13% increase over last year’s estimate of 37.3 million birds, and is 25% above the long-term average.

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