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Wildlife officials: Annual midwinter survey shows more waterfowl than usual this winter


BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota wildlife officials say there are seeing more birds in the state this winter than in past years.

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says its annual midwinter waterfowl survey indicates there are almost twice as many Canada geese and mallard ducks as last year.

Migratory game bird biologist Mike Szymanski tells KFGO-AM reports ( ) that almost 88,000 Canada geese were observed on the Missouri River. Szymanski says about another 30,000 were scattered on Nelson Lake.

Szymanski says 145,000 Canada geese and mallard ducks were tallied statewide. Last year's midwinter survey found about 71,000 birds.

Szymanski attributes the higher number of birds to less snowfall this year.

Information from: KFGO-AM,

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