Photo credit by Caleb Spiegel, USFWS and Flyways.us
The May Breeding Surveys have concluded and conditions vary greatly across the waterfowl breeding range. Overall, pond counts will be lower this year with breeding pairs will be near the 2011 and 2012 counts in most areas.
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In an average year the complexity of conducting the survey is monumental at best. This season the late arrival of spring and harsh weather patterns added widespread delays and difficulty to the entire process. Despite the delays caused by these storms, they did provide much needed rain in areas in many areas of the Dakotas. Continue reading “Migration Update – June 11, 2013” »
EGELAND, N.D. — She hunkers in the middle of a grassy field on the windswept prairie, her body heat warming a shallow bowl filled with fragile eggs. If she’s lucky enough to remain hidden from predators — skunks, foxes, raccoons, opossums and others with a taste for duck eggs — for 24 days and 24 nights, her brood of downy ducklings will hatch.
It’s the springtime cycle of life for a duck on the breeding grounds of the Prairie Pothole Region, an area that encompasses the Dakotas and southern Canada where 70 percent of North America’s ducks are born.
BISMARCK, N.D. — For 75 years, science has been the cornerstone of Delta Waterfowl. Research shapes the conservation programs and management policies that help put more ducks in the air, year after year.
Landowners used the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Wetlands Reserve Program to restore this wetland area. Photo by Gary Kramer
Scientists with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recognize the environmental and economic benefits regional wetlands provide and the importance of preserving wetland resources.
More than 220 million acres, or over 50 percent, of the nation’s wetlands no longer function, and some states lost over 90 percent of their wetland acres due to factors such as logging, construction and stream channeling.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (May 28, 2013) —Conserving wildlife and the lands that house what we all enjoy are of the utmost importance. National Hunting and Fishing Day is a day set aside to celebrate all that sportsmen do to support those efforts. This year the National Shooting Sports Foundation once again announces its continued, major sponsorship of National Hunting and Fishing Day.