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Duck Numbers Remain Strong as Habitat Declines

FWS survey indicates record duck numbers, average pond count
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2012 Scaup Numbers

Greater and lesser scaup are counted together, because they are difficult to distinguish during aerial surveys. Greater scaup are estimated to constitute roughly 11 percent of the continental scaup population. Scaup populations have steadily declined since the 1980s.

2012: 5.239 million +21% from 2011
2011: 4.319 million
% Change from long-term average: +4% 



Learn more about greater scaup and lesser scaup in our waterfowl identification gallery.


 

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