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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: January 24, 2014

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

Contact:

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


Winter Waterfowl Survey Results

          SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wildlife biologists in West Virginia counted 8,797 ducks and 6,709 Canada geese during the annual mid-winter waterfowl survey conducted in early January, according to Steve Wilson, waterfowl biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.
"Duck numbers were the highest since 2001, 67 percent higher than 2013 and 123 percent above the 10-year average," Wilson said. "Canada goose numbers were up 7 percent from the previous year and their numbers were 40 percent above the long-term average."

The increase was not unexpected due to the weather that occurred in December. When cold weather freezes up smaller, still water and there is snow covering farm fields, waterfowl are pushed south and/or forced to concentrate on larger bodies of water that are not frozen.

"Waterfowl seasons are open through most of January, so hunters should be enjoying a great late season," Wilson said.

Canada geese, mallards and black ducks, as usual, were the most commonly observed species in the 2014 survey. Many other waterfowl species were also observed, including canvasback, green-winged teal, pintail, widgeon, ring-necked duck, redhead, bufflehead, wood duck, gadwall, mergansers, snow geese and tundra swans. Five adult and five juvenile bald eagles and three golden eagles also were observed.

The survey was conducted Jan. 8-10, 2014, and included portions of the Kanawha, Ohio, Shenandoah and New rivers as well as Tygart and Bluestone lakes.

**DNR**


Area

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Ducks

Geese

Kanawha River (Upper)

682

437

290

282

243

421

121

673

160

465

Kanawha River (Lower)

731

295

430

216

245

59

102

182

66

483

Ohio River (Lower)

2,969

2,263

1,238

1,672

1,342

1,017

1,195

764

849

1,321

Ohio River (Middle)

3,841

3,270

2,614

3,641

1,134

2,067

2,712

3,536

1,424

4,915

Tygart Lake/Pleasant Creek

243

0

213

11

254

16

82

15

212

170

Shenandoah River

81

155

85

36

81

57

136

588

18

154

Bluestone Lake/New River

250

289

382

404

417

267

696

389

139

281

Total

8,797

6,709

5,252

6,262

3,716

3,904

5,044

6,147

2,868

7,789

10-Year Average

3,941

4,807

3,300

4,604

3,036

4,352

3,333

4,729

4,905

5,154

Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce: Canada goose
Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce: Canada goose