Survey shows more breeding ducks in North Dakota
The Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says its annual spring breeding duck survey estimates about 4.8 million birds, up 16 percent over the year and third-highest on record.
The agency says all duck species are well above the long-term average. Waterfowl biologist Mike Szymanski (shih-MAN’-skee) says there was excellent production last summer.
There are potential problems this year. Szymanski says there were fewer temporary and seasonal wetlands this past spring, and nesting cover in North Dakota continues to decline.
Game and Fish says a July brood survey will give a better idea of duck production and more insight into what hunters can expect in the fall.
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