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Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2001

Fall flight forecast

October 7, 2001

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— Many breeding grounds were plagued with drought, particularly in western Canada, while eastern areas enjoyed good to excellent habitat conditions.

In Kansas and much of the Central Flyway, birds are typically produced in areas that received good amounts of rainfall.

The Central Flyway -- which includes Kansas -- receives most of its waterfowl from the Prairie Pothole Region in southcentral Canada and the northcentral U.S., as well as from the western boreal forest and the central Canadian subarctic.

According to experts in the field, the Dakotas had excellent waterfowl production and will help offset the poorer production to the west.

Although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service no longer releases a fall flight estimate for total ducks, the Service will continue to estimate the mid-continent fall flight of mallards. This year, that estimate is 10.5 million birds, slightly lower than the 2000 estimate of 11.2 million mallards.

Most duck species remain near or above management goals, with the exception of pintails scaup, and wigeon -- all still well below their long-term averages.

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