Mallard Migration


Every week from late September to early February, more than 100 experts in North American's Central Flyway rank the progress of mallard migration in their areas. We compile their data to bring you a map showing the status of the mallard migration.




Installing the Migration Map

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These rankings do not depict mallard abundance. They indicate the relative progression of the fall migration. Estimated peak numbers of mallards may be lower or higher than average numbers during previous years due to annual variations in local wetland and environmental conditions. As a result, a dark color does not necessarily mean that lots of mallards are present in that region.

These maps depict real-time estimates of migration. Revised maps will be posted in February. Some variation in results may also occur depending on the number of experts reporting for a given week.

Mallard Migration Observation Network

The Mallard Migration Observation Network was established as part of a broader project to use GPS satellite telemetry data to better understand mallard movements, distribution, and habitat use. The rankings provided by participants this fall will be compared with the locations of mallards marked with GPS satellite telemetry units to help determine if mallards carrying the additional weight of a transmitter display normal migration behavior.

Funding Partners

  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Central Flyway Council
  • Mississippi Flyway Council

In This Section

Duck Migration Site Locations (pdf, 287 KB)

This one-page map shows more than 180 areas in the United States and Canada that contribute to the duck-migration report.

Check the Code

This is NOT a legal document. Regulations are subject to revision during the current year.
Refer to the Wildlife Code.

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