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Summer 2014 Habitat Conditions in Canada

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.

Spring 2014 Habitat Conditions in Canada

After a long winter and late spring for most areas, the breeding season is underway. Migrants were delayed by 1-2 weeks but are establishing nests in the North and showing a strong breeding effort in the Prairies. More moisture will be needed in the Western Boreal Forest and in parts of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, while higher-than-usual water levels have posed some challenges for nesters in the Eastern Region. Several areas are predicting a normal production year and next month's release of the 2014 Breeding Population Survey will provide more insight.

Field Reports: Duck Production Outlook

The stage is set for good waterfowl production across many important breeding areas. By DU Field Biologists.

Field Reports: 2014 Spring Habitat Conditions

Waterfowl should find good spring wetland conditions on many important breeding areas this year

Water, Ducks and People

As demand for water intensifies, DU is working to ensure that waterfowl receive a fair share of this limited resource. By Scott C. Yaich, Ph.D., and Greg Kernohan.

Late Summer Canadian Habitat Conditions

Conditions remain favorable as late nesting success has been supported by spring precipitation. Some regions are now facing limited precipitation and fall flight is expected to be average.

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.

2013 Late Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Late-winter habitat conditions across Canada has been average to above average so far this year. The Prairie Region, except for Southern Alberta has received decent precipitation.

Ducks Unlimited, LDWF improve northern Louisiana waterfowl habitat

SHREVEPORT, La. – Nov. 15, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recently completed a project to improve waterfowl habitat on Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 20 miles south of Shreveport.

Conservation: Gains and Losses

While progress has been made in conserving the nation's wetlands, these vital habitats continue to decline at an alarming rate

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.

Duck Numbers Remain Strong as Habitat Declines

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.

2012 Late Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Overall summary and regional Canada habitat conditions for late spring 2012.

Field Reports: 2012 Duck Production Outlook

Prospects for breeding waterfowl have improved in many areas since last report

2012 Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

The following is a compilation of environmental conditions relative to breeding waterfowl submitted by DUC field staff. These observations are not based on systematic surveys or intended to describe hunting conditions.

Field Reports: 2012 Spring Habitat Conditions

Breeding habitat conditions vary throghout much of U.S. and Canada. Ducks Unlimited biolgists in these regions have provided a brief overview for each Canadian Province and specific regions in the U.S.

Late Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Habitat Conditions Report for waterfowl habitat regions in Canada for late winter (March 2012).

2012 Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

Conditions are variable in the British Columbia / Western Boreal Forest Region, where large flocks of wintering waterfowl can be found around the Fraser River Delta and along the east coast of Vancouver Island. Winter has been dry and warm in the Prairie Region.

Migration Alert: Missouri and Kansas waterfowlers optimistic

Nov. 17, 2011: Habitat conditions have improved with recent rain, but Missouri and Kansas hunters are still waiting on a big cold front from the north.

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Awarded NAWCA Grant in Wisconsin

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.) praises DU's conservation efforts within the state

Duck Numbers Remain Strong as Pond Counts Approach Record Levels

Excellent wetland conditions have set the stage for above-average waterfowl production

Field Reports: 2011 Duck Production Outlook

Good to excellent wetland conditions have set the stage for above-average waterfowl production on key breeding areas

Field Reports: Spring Habitat Conditions

Abundant winter precipitation has set the stage for improved wetland conditions on many key waterfowl breeding areas

Early Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

A compilation of impressions, collected from Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) field staff, of environmental conditions relative to breeding waterfowl. These observations are not based on systematic surveys, and are not intended to describe hunting conditions.

Canada Habitat Conditions Report

Conditions are looking very good for waterfowl for spring 2011, particularly in the prairies

Policy News 3-5

DU supports strengthening hunting tradition with additional funding for Open Fields; DU volunteers, staff attend South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus luncheon; DU thanks state of Louisiana for $2 million support of marsh restoration project; USDA to hold general CRP sign-up for second consecutive year; DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California; DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

DU Canada Habitat Conditions – Summer 2010

According to 2010 waterfowl surveys, breeding populations have increased in northern portions of the British Columbia/Western Boreal Forest region.

Field Reports: 2010 Duck Production Outlook

Prospects for breeding waterfowl have improved in many important areas.

2010 Spring Habitat Conditions

Waterfowl returned to variable wetland conditions this spring on key breeding areas.
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