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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: February 1, 2013

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

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Steve Wilson, Wildlife Resources Section 304-637-0245 DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov


Mid-Winter Waterfowl Survey Results

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Wildlife biologists counted 5,252 ducks and 6,262 Canada geese during the annual mid-winter waterfowl survey in early January according to Steve Wilson, Waterfowl Biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

            “The number of ducks and geese counted this year increased 73 percent and 44 percent respectively compared to last year, and both are well above the 10-year average,” Wilson said. The increase was not unexpected due to weather fronts moving through from the northwest in December.

            Canada geese, mallards and black ducks, as usual, were the most commonly observed species in the 2013 survey.  Other waterfowl observed include: canvasback, scaup, ring-necked duck, redhead, bufflehead, wood duck, gadwall, mergansers and tundra swans. Nine adult and five juvenile bald eagles were also observed.

            The survey was conducted on January 7, 8, and 10, 2013, and included portions of the Kanawha, Ohio, Shenandoah and New Rivers as well as Tygart and Bluestone Lakes.

**DNR**

Area

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Kanawha River (Upper

290

282

243

421

121

673

160

465

253

326

Kanawha River (Lower)

430

216

245

59

102

182

66

483

123

304

Ohio River (Lower)

1,238

1,672

1,342

1,017

1,195

764

849

1,321

290

501

Ohio River (Middle)

2,614

3,641

1,134

2,067

2,712

3,536

1,424

4,915

975

1,365

Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek

213

11

254

16

82

15

212

170

72

128

Shenandoah River

85

36

81

57

136

588

18

154

102

422

Bluestone Lake/New River

382

404

417

267

696

389

139

281

218

229

Total

5,252

6,262

3,716

3,904

5,044

6,147

2,868

7,789

2,033

3,275

10-Year Average

3,300

4,604

3,036

4,352

3,333

4,729

4,905

5,154

5,012

4,764