Breeding waterfowl populations have suffered a 19 percent drop in the Sacramento Valley this year and a steeper decline statewide due to the drought and poor habitat conditions, according to the latest annual survey released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A lack of precipitation has dried up wetlands, forced farmers to fallow rice fields and reduced food sources available to waterfowl in California. The survey, conducted by aircraft over prime nesting areas in the Central Valley and northeastern California, estimated 315,580 breeding ducks in 2015, a nearly 30 percent drop from the 448,750 last year.
Breeding waterfowl populations have suffered a 19 percent drop in the Sacramento Valley this year and a steeper decline statewide due to the drought and poor habitat conditions, according to the latest annual survey released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A lack of precipitation has dried up wetlands, forced farmers to fallow rice fields and reduced food sources available to waterfowl in California. The survey, conducted by aircraft over prime nesting areas in the Central Valley and northeastern California, estimated 315,580 breeding ducks in 2015, a nearly 30 percent drop from the 448,750 last year. Randy Pench Bee file
Breeding waterfowl populations have suffered a 19 percent drop in the Sacramento Valley this year and a steeper decline statewide due to the drought and poor habitat conditions, according to the latest annual survey released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. A lack of precipitation has dried up wetlands, forced farmers to fallow rice fields and reduced food sources available to waterfowl in California. The survey, conducted by aircraft over prime nesting areas in the Central Valley and northeastern California, estimated 315,580 breeding ducks in 2015, a nearly 30 percent drop from the 448,750 last year. Randy Pench Bee file

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June 29, 2015 2:46 PM

Drought leads to significant drop in Sacramento Valley breeding waterfowl

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