The Status of Waterfowl Annual Report for the 2019 and 2020 waterfowl season has just been released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The USFWS waterfowl surveys are a combination of aerial and terrestrial surveys conducted across the Northern U.S. and Canada each year designed to identify breeding success and overall trends in North American waterfowl populations.
The waterfowl population status is provided to the agencies and reviewed by biologists and state leaders to aide in selecting bag limits and season lengths across the United States. The Status of Waterfowl report is a collaboration between the USFWS, Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), and various state and local agencies and groups.
The results of the 2019 waterfowl population status survey are TBD. The snow goose population 2019 is TBD.
The full report can be seen at the USFWS Website.
2019 Waterfowl Population Survey Results
2019 Pond Estimates (North Central U.S. and Prairie Canada Combined) – TBD
Snow Goose Hatch Report 2019/2020 – TBD
2019 Mallard Population Outlook – TBD
2019 White-fronted Goose Fall Inventory – TBD
North American Migratory Bird Flyways
The U.S. and Canada are comprised of 4 different flyways consisting of the Pacific Flyway along the west coast, Central Flyway in the Midwest to the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Flyway from Hudson Bay down to the middle Gulf Coast, and the Atlantic Flyway which stretches from New Foundland down the east coast of the U.S. to Florida.
While there are co-mingling of birds throughout these flyways each year, these zone serve as the demarcation for federal and state agencies to manage hunting seasons, bag limits, and individual species of concern as they see fit.
There are, however, populations of migratory waterfowl that choose to winter and nest within the same flyway their entire lives. Rules and regulations tailored for migratory bird populations that utilize specific flyways can help manage the overall health of certain populations.
Status of Ducks 2019/2020
Wood Duck Population – TBD
Mallards – TBD
Blue-winged teal – TBD
Gadwall – TBD
Northern Shoveler – TBD
Green-winged teal – TBD
Redheads – TBD
Northern Pintail – TBD
American Wigeon – TBD
Canvasbacks – TBD
Scaup – TBD
Status of Geese and Swans 2019/2020
Canada Geese (General Trends)
- Western Prairie and Great Plains Population (TBD)
- Rocky Mountain Population (TBD)
- Pacific Population (TBD)
- Aleutian Canada geese (Branta spp.) (TBD)
Lesser Snow Geese
2019-2020 Waterfowl Forecast