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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, August 26, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Survey finds duck populations strong

Journal Gazette

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its 2018 report on Trends in Duck Breeding Populations. Based on surveys conducted in May and early June, duck numbers in the survey area remain high.

Total populations were estimated at 41.2 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, 13 percent lower than last year's estimate of 47.3 million and 17 percent above the long-term average.

According to FWS, the main determining factor for duck breeding success is wetland and upland habitat conditions in the key breeding landscapes of the prairies and the boreal forest. Across the U.S. and Canada, survey areas during the 2018 breeding population survey were similar to or slightly below the 2017 reported numbers.

Naturalist to speak at Salamonie lunch

The monthly Salamonie Senior Luncheon will take place at the Salamonie Lake Interpretive Center at noon Sept. 10, at noon. The guest speaker will be Richard Gerber, an interpretive naturalist at Chain O'Lakes State Park.

Gerber will highlight Chain O'Lakes historical and geological past, including glaciers, natural succession and more. Baked spaghetti will be provided, however, guests should bring a side dish to share, a beverage and their own table service.

A $1 donation will be accepted.

Master naturalist class to begin

Adults can now become an Indiana master naturalist at Pokagon State Park. Those 18 and older with an interest in Indiana's plants, wildlife, forests, and wetlands can enroll in the course, which begins Sept. 25 and will continue through Nov. 10.

Participants will attend nine sessions from 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. All sessions will be held at the Pokagon Nature Center.

A fee of $120 will be charged to cover supplies and expenses. For more information, contact the park office at 260-833-2012.

Registration ends Sept.14.