Annual Winter Waterfowl Count

New York State

Ornithological Association

Annual Winter Waterfowl Count

Each January, SOFO participates in the New York State Ornithological Association (NYSOA) Winter Waterfowl Count.  Participants visit lakes, rivers and shorelines to count waterfowl (ducks, geese, swans, loons, grebes, etc.).  NYSOA has conducted this survey annually since 1955, except for a brief hiatus in 1968-1972.  Results are usually published late in the year in The Kingbird.

In most years, more than a quarter of a million birds are tallied.  In addition to being an enjoyable outing, DEC has acknowledged this to be a useful survey for long-term monitoring of waterfowl populations wintering in New York.  If you would like to participate, or want more information, contact SOFO Executive Director, Frank Quevedo.


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