By Rob Spangler, USFWS pilot biologist, Western Dakotas and Eastern Montana
We have finished our work in the Dakotas (Strata 43 and 44) and conditions look good there overall. Most reservoirs, dug outs, and natural wetlands that were dry or low last year are full with sheet water present in some areas. We found some of the best habitat conditions on the eastern portion of our transect lines in and around Bismarck and Garrison. Although analysis of the data has not been complete, numbers of birds appear to be higher this year and the conditions look promising for waterfowl in the Dakotas this spring.
Good habitat near Bismarck, North Dakota. Photo by Brenda Kelly, USFWS
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