January 2012: Connecticut's Duck Population Fewer than Last Season
A recent aerial survey conducted by the Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) discovered fewer duck numbers than found last year. 15,893 ducks were spotted during the survey which was conducted during the first week in January, 7033 less than last year's total of 22,926. The lower numbers are more than likely a result of this winter's above average temperatures. According to the DEEP's Migratory Game Bird Program's leader Min Huang, " This year's survey conditions were relatively poor because the weeks leading up to the survey were very mild and most inland bodies of water had yet to freeze. Plus, the flying and viewing conditions were difficult the day of the survey".
The DEEP does not rely on the midwinter survey to count perspective populations in the state. The January survey is used as a "snapshot" of current bird numbers in Connecticut's area of the Atlantic Flyway.
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