A 2009 California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) waterfowl survey indicates that the number of mallards statewide remains steady, but the overall duck population has declined.
Conducted by DFG in late April and early May, the Waterfowl Breeding Survey estimates that there are 510,800 ducks of all species in the state. This is an 8 percent decrease from 2008, when DFG found 554,300 ducks.
Mallards, the most abundant duck in the survey, remain essentially unchanged in number — they found 302,000 mallards this year, up only slightly from the 297,100 found in 2008.
** However, the number of mallards is currently 18 percent below the long-term average for this species.
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