Breeding habitats are in great shape in several areas, and results from the USFWS/CWS Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey confirmed that there were plenty of ducks around to enjoy these conditions in the spring. After a delayed migration—likely due to a winter that just wouldn’t quit in many areas—the survey estimated that a total of 49.2 million ducks were in their traditional North American breeding areas this year.
This is a record high, reaching 8 percent above 2013 numbers and 43 percent above the 1993-2013 long-term average. Survey results within Canada, along with additional details about region-specific habitat conditions, are provided in the report below.
Related: 2014 Waterfowl Survey