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Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director

 

News Release : February 9, 2006

 

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-3381 hoymurphy@wvdnr.gov

Contact: Steve Wilson, Wildlife Resources Section (304) 637-0245 wildlife@wvdnr.gov

 

West Virginia's Mid-winter Waterfowl Survey Completed

  West Virginia wildlife biologist s counted 2,530 ducks and 3,800 geese during the annual mid-winter waterfowl survey in early January, according to Steve Wilson, Waterfowl Biologist for the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources.

 

  The number of both ducks and geese was below the 10-year average but we are reminded that the 10-year average is still running above long-term averages because of the exceptionally high counts in 2001, Wilson said. Two weeks of unusually mild weather immediately prior to the survey eliminated all snow and ice cover, allowing birds to be scattered in fields and small water bodies that are not covered as part of the survey.

 

  The real value of the mid-winter survey is the long term trends over broad areas. West Virginia 's data will be combined with that from other states to obtain regional and national totals that provide reliable trend data for overall waterfowl populations.

 

  Canada geese, mallards, and black ducks were, as usual, the leading species observed in the 2006 survey. Other notable species include: American wigeon, gadwall, pintail, scaup, bufflehead and mergansers. A wood duck and four teal were also observed, which is a testament to the mild weather.

  The following waters were surveyed on January 5 and 10, 2006: Kanawha River (Nitro-Pt. Pleasant); Ohio River (Huntington-Parkersburg); Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek Marsh; Shenandoah River (state line-state line); and New River (Hinton-state line) including Bluestone Lake .

**DNR**


MID-WINTER WATERFOWL SURVEY

  

Area

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

 

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Kanawha River (upper)

394

215

180

17

160

302

452

14

338

693

Kanawha River

(lower)

200

78

85

135

617

559

747

31

2,290

524

Ohio River

(lower)

546

1312

687

265

817

2,077

231

490

945

1,144

Ohio River

(middle)

1225

1807

4,193

536

627

936

636

2,830

2,580

4,347

Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek

21

23

17

5

18

19

93

24

86

150

Shenandoah River

48

297

15

123

64

790

56

61

58

652

Bluestone

Lake/New River

96

68

76

64

86

0

398

273

387

156

TOTAL

2530

3800

5,253

1,145

2,389

4,683

2,613

3,743

6,684

7,666

10 Year Average

5816

4805

6,447

5,232

6,301

5,557

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