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Photo by Brian Hansel Pintails sweep across a glassy pond Wednesday evening in Otter Tail County. The 2012 United States Fish and Wildlife Service spring survey shows strong duck numbers but a decline in habitat.

Waterfowl numbers good but nesting ducks got a late start

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What do you do when it looks like your duck population is dropping but your Canada goose population is growing?

That is what the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources would like to know.

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The DNR recently released their annual spring breeding waterfowl index surveys. While the number of mallard pairs held their ground, blue-winged teal and other species dropped.

The persistent mallard had a breeding population index of 225,000, to the long-term average of 226,000.

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