Duck Hunting Forum banner

Significant Increase In Waterfowl Populations This Spring

1250 Views 8 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Greg Wile
Significant Increase In Waterfowl Populations This Spring

This is a news release from Environment Canada dated July 4, 2005.

WINNIPEG - July 4, 2005 - Canadian and U.S. wildlife officials are reporting significant increases in waterfowl populations throughout the southern Prairies this spring, primarily due to improved wetland habitat conditions. Results from the 2005 waterfowl breeding population survey also indicate that there are currently about 3.9 million ponds in the Prairies. This is up 56% from 2004, and 12% above the long-term survey average.

Dale Caswell, chief of waterfowl management for Environment Canada's Canadian Wildlife Service in the Prairies, says, "The results of this comprehensive survey are key to long-term monitoring of waterfowl populations, and for setting waterfowl harvest limits each year. It also helps us evaluate the quality and quantity of wetlands, vital to maintaining healthy breeding areas for our waterfowl."

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the annual North American waterfowl breeding population survey. Each spring, biologists from Environment Canada and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey more than 3.5 million square km of
habitat, including the Canadian Prairies. This is one of the largest, most comprehensive and reliable surveys in the world and a model of international collaboration in wildlife research and management.

The 2005 survey also indicates:

Breeding ducks have increased by 30% from 2004, but remain 6% below the long-term average.
Pintail populations are estimated at 1.2 million, an increase of 79% from 2004
Dabbling duck populations have increased by more than 34% from 2004
Mallards have increased by 10% from 2004
Blue-winged teal have increased 44% from 2004
Diving ducks have increased by 38% from 2004
Canvasbacks are up by 32%, redheads by 22% and lesser scaup by 72%
Canada geese populations are somewhat less than 2004 at about 534,000.

Survey reports are available at:

Related Document:
North American Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey

For more information, please contact:
Dale Caswell
Chief of Waterfowl Management
Environment Canada Prairie and Northern Region
(204) 983-5260[/b]
See less See more
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Thats great news! Sounds like it's gonna be an awsome year :thumbsup:

Even better!!! :thumbsup:
I can cite previous years where predictions were going through the roof.
Did that translate into more ducks for my pot? Not necessarily.
Nothing like being a cynic now is there ODN? :mrgreen:

What would it take to for you to go :getdown: ?


BTW, I understand your position more than you realize. :cool:
All he's saying is that no matter how many birds are around he can only shoot so well and that in its self limits the no. of birds he is able to take. :yes: :laughing:
:toofunny: :laughing: :laughing:

Well it sound like the start of a good year for me anyway.
Greg Wile said:
All he's saying is that no matter how many birds are around he can only shoot so well and that in its self limits the no. of birds he is able to take. :yes: :laughing:
What some would call poor shooting others would call strong conservation practices. :getdown: :getdown: :getdown: That was easy :toofunny:
Its all in the way one perceives the statement. :laughing:
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.