Migration Update – May 12, 2015

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The Spring Waterfowl Survey is underway and participants are celebrating their 60th year of collecting waterfowl breeding data. The Spring Survey is a cooperative effort of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Canadian Wildlife Service, and state, provincial, and tribal agencies – where participants cover more than 2.1 million square miles of the northern United States and Canada to access the status of primary duck nesting areas in North America. In short, it is the most extensive wildlife survey in existence and an epic adventure indeed.

Hello folks, and, as always, welcome to Waterfowler.com.

It’s that time of year again. Ducks are busy getting bust, and wildlife officials have embarked on data collection efforts to determine the season lengths and bag limits for the 2015-20126 waterfowl season. Without their efforts, the waterfowl season would not exist.

The past few years we have encouraged our members to stay up to date on nesting conditions for their respective hunting areas over at FLYWAYS.US – where their website features real-time reporting from aerial and ground crews as they venture across the continent counting ponds and breeding pairs of ducks. This season is no different – we can’t promote their reporting enough. The news and imagery are just what waterfowl hunters need to stay informed and in touch with our great resource. So, get over to FLYWAYS.US today and celebrate the 60th year of great science with them.

In other off-season news, Issue #23 of Waterfowler.com Journal is already in production and will feature an absolute plethora of great duck and goose hunting stories. If you missed our last two digital issue, don’t worry – our back issues remain online indefinitely and you cant catch up on your reading anytime at over at ISSUU.   If you are interested in supporting the continuation and frequency of our publication by becoming an advertiser, you can call us anytime at 815-337-8300.

While avid duck and goose hunters often spend the majority of the office season pursuing other outdoor adventures and fishing, we remind our readers that local and state organizations are always in need volunteers to conduct conservation and restoration projects during the spring and summer months. Participating in one of these great programs not only promotes good stewardship of the resource, it also is a great way to meet other hunters in your area. If you haven’t already done so, volunteer for a wetlands project in your area today.

Until our next update, step outside and enjoy the great outdoors!

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