Friday, April 5, 2019

Northern Pintail

After many visits to Olympia, by the time we moved here my Thurston County list was just shy of 100 bird species. To my delight, this Northern Pintail at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge on 30 April 2019 proved to be number 101. Northern Pintails are common ducks. In 2013, biologists estimated the North American population at 3.3 million, up from three million in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This sounds great, but in the early 1970s, the estimate was six million. Draught and habitat destruction combined to cause this decline. Conservation efforts, however, provide hope that populations of pintails should remain at current levels or increase (Clark et al. 2014), 

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