Waterfowl Data

Swimming Goslings

Waterfowlers are naturally interested in the size and health of waterfowl populations, for they are a portent of memorable days to come.days with endless flocks and a cacophony of goose music, as well as days spent gazing into empty fall skies, better spent with a fishing rod in hand. But in either case.memorable days nonetheless.

Healthy waterfowl populations are critical to the sport of waterfowling, for season lengths and bag limits are directly related to the waterfowl counts conducted by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) each spring. To assemble these numbers, well established transects are flown over the Prairie regions of the US and Canada by experienced aircrews and biologists. Similar flights are conducted in the Eastern survey area that encompasses much of the Northeast US, parts of Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. Most hunters are unaware that the majority of ducks taken in New York DO NOT come from the fabled Prairie Pothole region of North America. Rather, each fall these birds migrate into NY from the mysterious northerly confines of the Eastern Survey Area.


On this page, we have assembled (in PDF format) some of the best waterfowl and hunter survey reports published by the USFWS. There are also FL&WNYWA briefings that summarize these same data using commonly available charting tools. WNY waterfowlers who frequent the Iroquois and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) or the state-run Tonawanda and Oak Orchard WMAs, will be interested in the 2004 waterfowl harvest data provided below. Additional reports of interest will be added as they become available.

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