The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that continental breeding ducks are up 13 percent over 2008, and up 28 percent over the long-term average.

Pond counts for the U.S. and Canada combined showed a 45 percent increase from last year's estimate, and 31 percent above the long-term average. As reported here earlier, U.S. prairies, especially those in the Dakotas, are in excellent duck-producing shape, while some in Canada also were better this spring than last.

Here, from Ducks Unlimited, is a look at duck numbers by species and their change in breeding numbers from a year ago.
To read the entire Fish and Wildlife Service report, in PDF form, click here.

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