MDWFP biologists fly aerial waterfowl surveys in the
Mississippi Delta from November to January. Surveys are
typically conducted four times a year along randomly selected
transects. As we fly along the east-west transects from the
Mississippi River to the hill line, we count all of the ducks seen
within a 250-meter strip, which is marked on the airplane.
Each group of ducks is recorded with a Global Positioning System
(GPS) to generate the maps in the reports below. We then use
the total number of ducks counted along the transects to calculate
an estimate of all of the ducks in the Mississippi Delta.
While not a complete count of all waterfowl, these estimates
provide an accurate index of waterfowl abundance throughout the
Delta. This information is regularly used by both MDWFP and
hunters to identify key wetland areas for waterfowl and to
track responses of waterfowl to changes in weather and
habitat. In fact, the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission adopted this survey method in 2009. These
surveys will help biologists and hunters better understand
waterfowl migration throughout the lower Mississippi Flyway.
2016-17 Aerial Surveys
2015-16 Aerial Surveys
2014-15 Aerial Surveys
Large group of ducks on a flooded cypress brake in the
View of Howard Miller WMA during a November
Large flock of snow geese observed during a December flight.
Delta Wildlife annually provides MDWFP with financial
assistance for conducting aerial waterfowl surveys.