The total number of ducks observed during the survey was 19,375. This is higher than both the five-year and 10-year averages. The puddle duck count of 10,141 was twice the recent five-year average of 4,734, and well above the 10-year average of 3,700.
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Scientists say they’re especially concerned about a national decline in one duck species — the scaup — which may be linked to habitat change. The latest Connecticut scaup count was 1,000, down from 5,400 last year. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut mid-winter survey finds fewer ducks along Atlantic Flyway migration route | The
The Connecticut DEEP has announced the dates for the 2011-2012 migratory bird hunting seasons, which include seasons for hunting ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, and rails. Specific details on season dates, bag limits, regulations, and other reminders are published in the 2011-2012 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide, which will be available from DEEP and town clerk offices by early September. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection conducted the annual Midwinter Waterfowl Survey on January 4 and 6, 2011. The total number of ducks observed during the survey – 22,926 – was the highest since 1999, and the puddle duck count was the highest since 1985.
The survey is conducted throughout the Atlantic Flyway bird migration route, and is used as an index of long-term wintering waterfowl trends.