Waterfowl Population and Habitat Surveys are Underway!

Flying Biologists Share Their Field Stories

The 2018 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Surveys have begun. This survey is conducted each spring by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, state wildlife agencies and the Canadian Wildlife Service to estimate the size of breeding waterfowl populations across North America and to evaluate habitat conditions on the breeding grounds.

These surveys are conducted using airplanes, helicopters, and ground crews, and cover over 2 million square miles that encompass the principal breeding areas of many species of waterfowl in North America. The traditional survey area comprises parts of Alaska, Canada, and the north-central U.S., and covers approximately 1.3 million square miles. The eastern survey area includes parts of Ontario, Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, New York and Maine, covering an area of approximately 0.7 million square miles.

Each crew will be blogging about their experiences and the conditions they see. You can follow along.

Last Updated: May 26, 2018