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Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director

 

News Release : January 30, 2007

 

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 biologists counted 2,200 ducks and 4,980 geese during the annual mid-winter waterfowl survey in early January, according to Steve Wilson, Waterfowl Biologist for the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

“The number of ducks counted was below average, which was expected because of the unusually mild weather in December and most of January,” Wilson reported. Wintering ducks remain further north or scatter out among smaller waters until ice and snow force them south or onto larger water bodies that are not frozen. “The number of Canada geese was above average as a result of good production in the summer of 2006 and the mild weather,” said Wilson.

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, mergansers, a mute swan and three bald eagles. Green-winged teal were also observed, which is a sure sign of mild weather.

The following waters were surveyed on January 1, 3, 5, and 18, 2007: 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

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

 

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Kanawha River (upper)

207

693

394

215

180

17

160

302

452

14

Kanawha River

(lower)

250

176

200

78

85

135

617

559

747

31

Ohio River

(lower)

1007

1611

546

1312

687

265

817

2,077

231

490

Ohio River

(middle)

446

1791

1225

1807

4,193

536

627

936

636

2,830

Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek

44

58

21

23

17

5

18

19

93

24

Shenandoah River

66

1150

48

297

15

123

64

790

56

61

Bluestone

Lake/New River

180

93

96

68

76

64

86

0

398

273

TOTAL

2200

5572

2530

3800

5,253

1,145

2,389

4,683

2,613

3,743

10 Year Average

5768

4980

5816

4805

6,447

5,232

6,301

5,557

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