[CT Birds] DEEP Midwinter Waterfowl Survey

Timothy L Thompson tthompso at gdeb.com
Wed Jan 22 15:36:28 EST 2014

1/22/14 - New London Day Newspaper Article- page C2   I quote: "The 
state's annual midwinter waterfowl survey on Jan. 8 and 9 showed high 
numbers of ducks, scaup and Canada geese, while Atlantic brant numbers 
were lower than previous years.  The survey, conducted by state Department 
of Energy and Environmental staff on the Atlantic Flyway, is used as an 
index of long-term wintering waterfowl trends.  In Connecticut, the survey 
is conducted from a helicopter and a census is obtained from the coast, 
the three major river systems, and selected inland lakes and reservoirs. 
Weather conditions for the survey were excellent, DEEP said Friday in a 
news release.  Large blocks of ice were present in all three of the major 
rivers - the Thames, Connecticut and Housatonic - most inland water bodies 
were frozen, and many coastal marshes were icebound.  The midwinter survey 
is designed to index wintering waterfowl that have been pushed to the 
coast when inland waters freeze.  The total number of ducks observed 
during the survey was 19,375, which is higher than both the five year and 
10-year averages.  The puddle duck count of 10,141 was twice the recent 
five-year average of 4,734 and well above the 10-year average of 3,700." 
End quote.

Seems to me, there is some encouraging news in there somewhere.  With all 
the electronic social media including eBird, you would think citizen 
science could assist with the DEEP's efforts.

Timothy L. Thompson
Norwich, Ct.


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