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Waterfowl in the Willamette Valley
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Service Announces Waterfowl Hunting Season 2015 -2016 Frameworks

The Service today proposed continued liberal waterfowl hunting season lengths and bag limits for the 2015-2016 late seasons. The agency also announced it is streamlining the process by which it sets annual migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits.  The proposed framework includes duck hunting season length of 107 days in the Pacific Flyway and includes a full season on pintails with a two-bird daily bag limit and a full season on canvasbacks with a two-bird daily bag limit.   This information will appear in a mid-August edition of the Federal Register for public comment.

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Red-tailed hawks can often be found within city limits. Photo credit: USFWS

Red-tailed hawks can often be found within city limits. USFWS

Service Expands Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is launching new partnerships in cities across the nation to boost opportunities for their residents to connect with nature and engage thousands of volunteers in restoring local environments. Three new cities join 14 others with Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships, and five new cities are now designated Urban Bird Treaty cities, joining 21 nationwide. The new partnerships, part of the Service's Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, were made possible by the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which generated $2.35 million in direct contributions and matching funds from local partners.

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2015 Five Star Grant and Urban Waters Grants

Cackling Geese in the Willamette Valley
Cackling Geese in the Willamette Valley USFWS Image

Results are In: North American Duck Numbers Remain High

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released the 2015 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations Report, the most accurate and comprehensive view of duck populations in the U.S. and Canada.  The Report indicates another strong year for waterfowl populations.  Total population estimates show 49.5 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area. This number represents a 1% increase from last year's estimate, and is 43% higher than the 1955-2014 average.  While this year’s survey results were very favorable, when and where waterfowl will be encountered this fall, depends on many factors. Food availability and the condition and distribution of water resources influence local duck and goose abundance, distribution, behavior, and ultimately, hunter success.

Birds by the Numbers

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