ducks http://michiganradio.org en Report: Waterfowl doing well in 'America's duck factory' http://michiganradio.org/post/report-waterfowl-doing-well-americas-duck-factory <p>If you&rsquo;re a duck, this is a good news, bad news story.&nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service takes surveys of the ten most abundant duck species every year.&nbsp;</p><p>Brad Bortner is Chief of the Division of Migratory Bird Management at the Fish and Wildlife Service.&nbsp; He says this year&rsquo;s survey recorded 48.6 million ducks. That&rsquo;s the highest number of ducks recorded since the agency started keeping records in 1955.</p><p>&quot;We&rsquo;ve had a series of very good years on the prairies, with excellent water conditions and great habitat management and restoration programs,&quot; he said.</p><p>He says more than half of North America&rsquo;s duck breeding happens in the prairie pothole region of the Dakotas and eastern Montana.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s nicknamed America&rsquo;s duck factory.</p><p>Bortner says species such as mallards, gadwalls and redheads are all doing great, and he says the breeding duck populations in Michigan are doing well, too.</p><p>So, that&rsquo;s the good news.&nbsp; The bad news: some other duck species are not doing so well.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:05:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8184 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Waterfowl doing well in 'America's duck factory'