Total populations were estimated at 34.2 million, down by 12% from last survey, and “total duck estimate in the Traditional Survey Area was the lowest in nearly 20 years.”
Canadian Wildlife Service
Officials will use long-term data to predict spring 2020 waterfowl abundance.
The number of duck-hunting wetlands in North Dakota is down about 40 percent from last year, to the lowest level in nine years, according to the Game and Fish Department’s annual fall wetland survey.
Total populations were estimated at 47.3 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is similar to last year’s estimate of 48.4 million and is 34 percent above the 1955-2016 long-term average.