2022 Waterfowl Forecast

Live analysis of the 2022 Waterfowl Breeding Population Report and a look ahead to hunting season

After a two-year hiatus, the complete Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat survey is back for 2022!

Before you pack your decoys and start scouting, tune in to watch waterfowl experts from Ducks Unlimited in the USA and Canada as they dip into the survey results and share their expectations for waterfowl numbers and hunting prospects for the upcoming season.

Attendee space is limited for this live cast. If the event is full or you’re unable to attend for any reason, sign up to receive a link to watch the recording afterwards, using the form on this page. 

The 2022 Waterfowl Forecast live cast is scheduled for August 25 at 7:00 p.m. CDT, pending the official release of the report. 


2022 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey

Total populations estimated at 34.2 million 

Following a two-year hiatus, the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey is back, delivering much-anticipated news for hunters and birders. 

Total populations were estimated at 34.2 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, 12 per cent lower than 2019’s estimate of 38.9 million and 4 per cent below the long-term average (since 1955). 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) missed out on their field work over the past two years. This created a gap in research that had been building for the past 65 years. However, in May and June, they were once again able to climb into airplanes and helicopters and gather in crews on the ground to examine waterfowl breeding habitat and populations over millions of square kilometres in Canada and the northern United States. 

Population estimates of your favourite species

2022 waterfowl survey results

Numbers in millions. LTA (Long-term Average). Based on traditional survey data.


Survey informs important decisions about habitat conservation   

For waterfowl enthusiasts, the return of the spring surveys is cause for celebration for many reasons. Most important is the valuable data these surveys provide, which will help advance conservation science.  


Importance of Canadian habitat 

Waterfowl’s migratory nature demands that quality habitats exist at every point throughout their journeys. Canadian landscapes, particularly the key breeding grounds of the Prairies and the boreal forest, play a critical role in maintaining these strong populations. 

Canada’s prairies are scattered with thousands of shallow wetlands that make up some of the most productive waterfowl habitat in North America. The boreal forest is a vast area covered with rivers, lakes and wetlands that attract millions of ducks, geese and swans every year to breed.