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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: February 9, 2012

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section  Chief 304-558-2771 DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov 


WVDNR Announces Winter Waterfowl Survey Results

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Wildlife biologists counted 3,716 ducks and 3,904 Canada 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. Compared to 2011, the number of ducks and geese counted decreased 26 percent and 36 percent, respectively, for the 2012 survey. 

            “These numbers are actually higher than I expected considering the extremely mild weather before and during the survey,” Wilson said. “When the ground is not snow covered and small streams and ponds are not frozen over, waterfowl are scattered across the landscape instead of being congregated on large water bodies where they are easily surveyed. The 2012 numbers are actually above the 10-year average for ducks by 23 percent, and goose numbers were only 10 percent below the 10-year average.”

            Canada geese, mallards and black ducks, as usual, were the most commonly observed species in the 2012 survey.  Other waterfowl observed include:  scoters, scaup, ring-necked duck, redhead, bufflehead, mergansers and snow geese. Twenty-one bald eagles and one golden eagle were also observed.

            The survey was conducted on January 4, 6 and 10, 2012, and included portions of the Kanawha, Ohio, Shenandoah and New rivers as well as Tygart and Bluestone lakes.

**DNR**

Area

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Kanawha River (Upper

243

421

121

673

160

465

253

326

299

683

Kanawha River (Lower)

245

59

102

182

66

483

123

304

74

151

Ohio River (Lower)

1,342

1,017

1,195

764

849

1,321

290

501

318

824

Ohio River (Middle)

1,134

2,067

2,712

3,536

1,424

4,915

975

1,365

808

1,514

Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek

254

16

82

15

212

170

72

128

37

70

Shenandoah River

81

57

136

588

18

154

102

422

68

180

Bluestone Lake/New River

417

267

696

389

139

281

218

229

110

44

Total

3,716

3,904

5,044

6,147

2,868

7,789

2,033

3,275

1,714

3,466

10-Year Average

3,036

4,352

3,333

4,729

4,905

5,154

5,012

4,764

5,505

4,881