Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey

Flying Biologists Share Their Field Stories

And they’re off!  Our biologists have started their annual waterfowl habitat and population surveys (also called May surveys).  Each year, aerial and ground crews from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state wildlife agencies and the Canadian Wildlife Service cover over 2 million miles in the northern U.S., Alaska and Canada to estimate the size of breeding waterfowl populations across North America and to evaluate habitat conditions on the breeding grounds.  These surveys are used to create our Waterfowl Status Report, and inform management decisions such as setting waterfowl hunting season frameworks.

Over the next few weeks, eleven helicopter and plane crews and five ground crews will be sharing their stories and photos with us as they learn how our ducks are doing, and have some adventures along the way.  We will be sharing a few reports (also called flight logs, or flogs) each week, so check back often!  See the  final report (6.1MB) from last year.

Last Updated: May 26, 2017