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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 Blue-winged Teal Numbers

Since 1955, blue-winged teal populations have ranged from 2.8 million to 8.9 million. Generally, numbers have increased in recent years, due to favorable prairie wetland conditions. This has resulted in an average population of 6 million during the past 10 years (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2009).

2012: 9.242 million +3% from 2011
2011: 8.948 million
% Change from long-term average: +94%



Learn more about blue-winged teal in our waterfowl identification gallery.

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