Associated Press, Published July 10 2009
Breeding duck population takes a dive in Minnesota
That’s down 31 percent from last year and 19 percent below the long-term average of 626,000.
Dennis Simon is the DNR’s wildlife chief. He says the goal is to build a breeding population of
1 million birds.
The key is more and better wetlands and grasslands. The DNR’s Duck Recovery Plan says 2 million acres of additional habitat need to be restored to achieve the 1 million-bird breeding population goal.
This year’s estimate of 285,000 Canada geese remains similar to last year’s estimate of 289,000, and remains above the Department of Natural Resources’ goal.
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