Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife

Waterfowl Surveys in Delaware

Historically, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife has conducted four waterfowl surveys each year in order to measure long term trends in duck and goose populations. These surveys are flown in a small plane with a pilot and biologist, with similar routes and techniques each time. Flights are usually done in mid-October, mid-November, mid-December and the second week in January, subject to weather and mechanical delays. The January flight is part of a coast wide effort to survey waterfowl throughout the Atlantic Flyway at approximately the same time. The surveys cover the primary waterfowl habitat in Delaware, approximately the eastern half of the state, and are divided into eleven zones.

Not all ducks and geese can be seen equally well from a plane. The surveys give fairly accurate information about geese, but duck populations like wood ducks and sea ducks are almost impossible to count. The important feature of these counts is that they give long term trends that are useful to measure changes in waterfowl management strategies and the environment. In most cases no single count is especially important in itself, but the collection of counts over the years has shown important changes.

The surveys detected the decline in the migrant population of Canada geese, the loss of duck usage of the Christiana marshes after I-95 was constructed and recent increases in ducks using the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge area after the Refuge accomplished phragmites and water control. Winter counts are used as a measure of black duck abundance and other population changes. Although imperfect, surveys are a useful tool for waterfowl managers.
 

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Waterfowl Counts Are Summarized Within The Following Zones:

Zone 1 - (Width of the State) Pennsylvania Line to the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
Zone 2 - (Width of the State) Delaware Memorial Bridge to the C & D Canal.
Zone 3 - (Width of the State) C & D Canal to a Line from Liston Point to Kenton.
Zone 4 - (Width of the State) Liston Point to Route 6 (Smyrna).
Zone 5 - (Width of the State) Route 6 to Route 8 Port Mahon.
Zone 6 - (East of 113) Route 8 to Big Stone Beach.
Zone 7 - (East of Route 1) Big Stone Beach to Broadkill River.
Zone 8 - (East of Route 1) Broadkill River to Bend in Lewis Rehoboth Canal South of Gordon's Pond.
Zone 9 - South of Gordon's Pond and All of Rehoboth Bay.
Zone 10 - All Indian River Bay West to Millsboro and South to Salt Pond.
Zone 11 - Salt Pond South to Maryland Line and West to Route 17.

 

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Historical Waterfowl Survey Data


Season Selection Index

2007-2008 Hunting Season
2006-2007 Hunting Season
2005-2006 Hunting Season
2004-2005 Hunting Season


2003-2004 Hunting Season
2002-2003 Hunting Season
2001-2002 Hunting Season
2000-2001 Hunting Season

1999-2000 Hunting Season
1998-1999 Hunting Season
1997-1998 Hunting Season
1996-1997 Hunting Season
1995-1996 Hunting Season

1994-1995 Hunting Season
1993-1994 Hunting Season
1992-1993 Hunting Season
1991-1992 Hunting Season
1990-1991 Hunting Season

1989-1990 Hunting Season
1988-1989 Hunting Season
1987-1988 Hunting Season
1986-1987 Hunting Season
1985-1986 Hunting Season

1984-1985 Hunting Season
1983-1984 Hunting Season
1982-1983 Hunting Season
1981-1982 Hunting Season
1980-1981 Hunting Season

1979-1980 Hunting Season
1978-1979 Hunting Season
1977-1978 Hunting Season
1976-1977 Hunting Season
1975-1976 Hunting Season

1974-1975 Hunting Season

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2007-2008 Hunting Season

October 2007 Survey

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2006-2007 Hunting Season

January 2007 Survey
December 2006 Survey
November 2006 Survey
October 2006 Survey

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2005-2006 Hunting Season

January 2006 Survey
December 2005 Survey
November 2005 Survey
October 2005 Survey

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2004-2005 Hunting Season

December 2004 Survey
November 2004 Survey
October 2004 Survey
 
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2003-2004 Hunting Season

January 2004 Survey
December 2003 Survey
November 2003 Survey
October 2003 Survey
 
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2002-2003 Hunting Season
 
January 2003 Survey
December 2002 Survey
November 2002 Survey
October 2002 Survey

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2001-2002 Hunting Season

January 2002 Survey
December 2001 Survey
November 2001 Survey
October 2001 Survey

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2000-2001 Hunting Season
 
January 2001 Survey
December 2000 Survey
November 2000 Survey
October 2000 Survey

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1999-2000 Hunting Season
 
January 2000 Survey
December 1999 Survey
November 1999 Survey
October 1999 Survey

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1998-1999 Hunting Season

January 1999 Survey
December 1998 Survey
November 1998 Survey
October 1998 Survey

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1997-1998 Hunting Season

January 1998 Survey
December 1997 Survey
November 1997 Survey
October 1997 Survey

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1996-1997 Hunting Season

January 1997 Survey
December 1996 Survey
November 1996 Survey
October 1996 Survey

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1995-1996 Hunting Season

January 1996 Survey
December 1995 Survey
November 1995 Survey
October 1995 Survey

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1994-1995 Hunting Season

January 1995 Survey
December 1994 Survey
November 1994 Survey
October 1994 Survey

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1993-1994 Hunting Season

January 1994 Survey
December 1993 Survey
November 1993 Survey
October 1993 Survey

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1992-1993 Hunting Season

January 1993 Survey
December 1992 Survey
November 1992 Survey
October 1992 Survey

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1991-1992 Hunting Season

January 1992 Survey
December 1991 Survey
November 1991 Survey
October 1991 Survey

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1990-1991 Hunting Season

January 1991 Survey
December 1990 Survey
November 1990 Survey
October 1990 Survey

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1989-1990 Hunting Season

January 1990 Survey
December 1989 Survey
November 1989 Survey
October 1989 Survey

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1988-1989 Hunting Season

January 1989 Survey
December 1988 Survey
November 1988 Survey
October 1988 Survey

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1987-1988 Hunting Season

January 1988 Survey
December 1987 Survey
November 1987 Survey
October 1987 Survey

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1986-1987 Hunting Season

January 1987 Survey
December 1986 Survey
November 1986 Survey
October 1986 Survey

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1985-1986 Hunting Season

January 1986 Survey
December 1985 Survey
November 1985 Survey
October 1985 Survey

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1984-1985 Hunting Season

January 1985 Survey
December 1984 Survey
November 1984 Survey
October 1984 Survey

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1983-1984 Hunting Season

January 1984 Survey
December 1983 Survey
November 1983 Survey
October 1983 Survey

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1982-1983 Hunting Season

January 1983 Survey
December 1982 Survey
November 1982 Survey
October 1982 Survey

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1981-1982 Hunting Season

January 1982 Survey
December 1981 Survey
November 1981 Survey
October 1981 Survey

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1980-1981 Hunting Season

January 1981 Survey
December 1980 Survey
November 1980 Survey
October 1980 Survey

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1979-1980 Hunting Season

January 1980 Survey
December 1979 Survey
November 1979 Survey
October 1979 Survey

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1978-1979 Hunting Season

January 1979 Survey
December 1978 Survey
November 1978 Survey
October 1978 Survey

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1977-1978 Hunting Season

January 1978 Survey
December 1977 Survey
November 1977 Survey
October 1977 Survey

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1976-1977 Hunting Season

January 1977 Survey
December 1976 Survey
November 1976 Survey
October 1976 Survey

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1975-1976 Hunting Season

January 1976 Survey
December 1975 Survey
November 1975 Survey
October 1975 Survey

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1974-1975 Hunting Season

January 1975
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December 1974 Survey
November 1974 Survey
October 1974 Survey

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