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Waterfowl populations going up.

 Here is some good news for all of us.
North America’s totalspring duck population is the highest ever recorded, according to the annualWaterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey released today.

Conducted each May by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the CanadianWildlife Service, the survey puts the duck population at 48.6 million birds.That represents a 7 percent increase from 2011’s record number of 45.6 million.

Mallards, blue-wingedteal, green-winged teal, gadwalls, canvasbacks, northern shovelers and scaupare all up significantly from last year, with both species of teal andshovelers at all-time highs. Blue-winged teal are estimated at 9.2 million,green-winged teal number more than 3.4 million and shovelers now top 5 million.

Mallard breeding numbers sit at 10.6 million, a 15 percent increase over 2011and 40 percent over the long-term average.

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