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2022 Wisconsin Breeding Waterfowl Survey Results Are In....Bird Numbers and Habitat Look Good!

The annual spring Badger State bird count indicates ducks and geese are in good shape.

2022 Wisconsin Breeding Waterfowl Survey Results Are In....Bird Numbers and Habitat Look Good!

With increases in populations and trends in most other species, the wood duck was noted to have a slight decrease in numbers during the 2022 Wisconsin breeding waterfowl survey. (Photo By: Jay Gao/Shutterstock.com)

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) recently conducted their annual breeding waterfowl survey which took place this spring. The 2022 survey showed stable to increasing numbers for two of the state’s primary breeding waterfowl: mallards and blue-winged teal. The third primary species, wood ducks, showed a slight decline. The survey team also reported above-average wetland conditions.

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Survey results point to a promising season this fall for Wisconsin waterfowl hunters. Surveyors estimate the state’s breeding duck population at 591,762 birds, a 6% increase over the 2021 estimate and 34% over the long-term average.

Canada goose numbers are up as well compared to 2021, consistent with the stable to increasing population seen over the past 10-15 years.

Find these and other wildlife survey reports on the WDNR's wildlife reports webpage.




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