Midwinter Waterfowl Survey

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  1. KEN

    KEN Moderator Moderator

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    Midwinter Waterfowl Survey

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual midwinter waterfowl survey in early January indicated about 99,000 Canada geese in the state.

    Andy Dinges, migratory game bird biologist, said that number likely would have been higher, but the blizzard that hit North Dakota in late December undoubtedly pushed some birds south prior to the survey.

    “However, with the warming period and subsequent snow melt that occurred after the storm, wintering conditions remained generally favorable,” Dinges said. “We still ended up holding on to a fair number of Canada geese in the state.”

    During the recent survey, an estimated 77,000 Canada geese were observed on the Missouri River, and another 11,000 were observed on Lake Sakakawea, which still had substantial open water on the lower portion of the lake. In addition, about 9,000 Canada geese were observed on Nelson Lake in Oliver County. Dinges said after summarizing the numbers, an additional 5,300 mallards were tallied statewide, most of which were recorded on Nelson Lake.

    Lake Sakakawea officially iced over on Jan. 12, just days after the aerial survey was completed.

    The 10-year average (2009-18) for the midwinter survey in North Dakota is 87,800 Canada geese and 21,600 mallards.

    All states participate in the midwinter survey during the same time frame, to reduce the possibility of counting birds more than once.
     
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    Thanks for the update Ken!!:tu
     
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    Is there a link to bird counts on any of the refuges throughout the season? I've been looking but haven't found anything yet !
     
  4. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    Those would be counts done by the federal government what you see here is done by the state so they are not related. The only way you might find what you're looking for is to go Refuge by Refuge website and see if they post them. There is a website that keeps in touch with three refuge and 3 guide services in each of the central Flyway States down to Nebraska as well as Manitoba and Saskatchewan that's the closest I know of a site that has any bulk counts and they're more so not actual numbers but General trends.
     
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    Thank you both for your help guys I appreciate it
     

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