2016 Spring Waterfowl Survey Results

Shoveler taking leisurely swim

Shoveler taking leisurely swim

Wisconsin spring waterfowl breeding population surveys in 2016 indicate quality waterfowl production, despite relatively dry conditions experienced during the survey.

The Wisconsin breeding duck population estimate of 390,498 represents an increase of five percent compared to 2015, but 12 percent below the long-term (43-year) average.

None of the species-specific population estimates for the three top breeding ducks in Wisconsin (mallard, blue-winged teal and wood duck) were statistically different compared to 2015. 

The 2016 Spring Waterfowl Survey report is now available and can be viewed on the department’s webpage by searching “waterfowl management.” 

If you have any additional questions or comments please don’t hesitate to send them to Taylor Finger, Assistant Migratory Game Bird Ecologist via taylor.finger@wisconsin.gov or (608) 261-6458.