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2013 Waterfowl Forecast

The following report provides an overview of the status of habitat conditions and waterfowl populations across key breeding areas in the United States and Canada.

Understanding Waterfowl: Drakes and Ganders

A closer look at the fascinating mating strategies of male ducks and geese

2013 Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Spring arrived one to two weeks late in most of Canada, which delayed some migrants, but early breeders are taking advantage of conditions.

2012 Duck numbers remain strong as habitat declines

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 3, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released its preliminary report today on breeding ducks and habitats, based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Total populations were estimated at 48.6 million breeding ducks in the surveyed area. This estimate represents a 7 percent increase over last year's estimate of 45.6 million birds, and is 43 percent above the 1955-2010 long-term average. This year's estimate is a record high and is only the sixth time in the survey's history that the total duck population exceeded 40 million.

Waterfowl Breeding & Habitat Surveys

What does a waterfowl breeding population and habitat survey bring to the table?

Western Boreal Forest - Alaska

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Western Boreal Forest - Alaska priority area, part of the Western Boreal Forest Initiative.

Western Boreal Forest Initiative

Ducks Unlimited's Wetlands Boreal Forest Conservation Initiative, part of the Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign.

Western Boreal Forest - Canada

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Western Boreal Forest - Canada priority area, part of the Western Boreal Forest Initiative.

Conservation in Canada

While great progress has been made in conserving Canadian waterfowl habitats, many challenges lie ahead for DU and its partners.

Life in the Egg

A look at the incubation process and the amazing transformation that occurs within each egg.

Stay Off My Pond

Gregarious throughout much of the year, waterfowl seek isolation during the breeding season.

Biofuels and Ducks

How will the nation’s growing demand for ethanol fuel affect breeding waterfowl?

Western Boreal Forest Canada - More Information

More information on the Western Boreal Forest - Canada region, one of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation priority areas and initiatives.

The Other Duck Factory

The Western Boreal Forest of Canada and Alaska serves as the most important breeding habitat for waterfowl in North America.

Partners for the Forest

DU is working with a variety of partners to save the most productive waterfowl breeding habitats in the vast western boreal forest.

Western Boreal Forest - Alaska - Region 3

More information on the Western Boreal Forest - Alaska priority area.
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