Duck numbers skyrocket in northern breeding grounds

Duck numbers in the northern breeding grounds have increased an estimated 11 percent over last year and 35 percent over the long-term average, according to a preliminary report released yesterday (June 30) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Total duck populations were estimated at 45.6 million breeding ducks on the surveyed area. Last year’s estimate was 40.9 million birds

This was only the fifth time in the survey’s history that the total duck population exceeded 40 million. […]