Waterbird Survey Overview
The Mississippi Flyway is the longest migration corridor in the Western Hemisphere. From the Mackenzie River Valley in the Northwest Territories to the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana, the Mississippi Flyway provides over 3,000 miles of quality habitat uninterrupted by mountains making this route an ideal passage for millions of migrating birds, including 40% of the continent's waterfowl.
For over 20 years the survey--which runs through the fall migration--has monitored waterfowl/waterbird abundance and distribution, population dynamics and peak migration times in the upper Mississippi River (map). This data helps biologists and officials make important decisions about hunting regulations and habitat management.
The ultimate goal of these efforts is to ensure the health of waterfowl and waterbird populations and to protect these resources for the enjoyment of future generations.
This multi-year study of migratory waterbirds is a partnership of the National Park Service, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Mississippi River Fund, and the Prairie Island Indian Community.
Did You Know?
In 1952, the Mississippi River flooded hundreds of acres of farmland and multiple cities. Over 2,000 families were homeless because of the high water. More...