New York State
Ornithological Association

For the birders and birds of the Empire State

Waterfowl CountLast Updated 1/18/18


Greater Scaup
photo by Kevin McGowan

Each January, members 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 your regional compiler or count coordinator, .

Mark your calendar for future counts!  

Each year, the count begins the Saturday just before Martin Luther King Day, which is the third Monday in January.

2017 - January 14-22 (target date - Sunday, January 15)
2018 - January 13-21 (target date - Sunday, January 14)

Annual Waterfowl Count Reports 2016 REPORT ADDED 1/16/17

2016     2015      2014     2013      2008      2005-2007      2004      2003      2002      2001      2000

Historical Waterfowl Count Data, 1973-2016 

Use the following links to view or dowload the complete historical waterfowl count data for 1973-2014:

  Microsoft Excel file containing totals as well as individual spreadsheets for the ten regions 

  pdf files for viewing, printing, and/or download: 
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Totals    Region1    Region2    Region3    Region4    Region5
Region6    Region7    Region8    Region9    Region10


January Waterfowl Count - Regional Compilers 

Don't know where the regions are?  Click here for the map.






Jim Landau

9195 State Road
Colden, NY 14033-9626

716-941-3869 (H)


Robert Spahn

716 High Tower Way
Webster, NY 14580



Tom Bell

NYSDEC Region 7
1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045

607-753-3095, ext. 243


Gail Kirch

1099 Powderhouse Road
Vestal, NY 13840

607-723-3414 (H)


Bill Purcell

281 Baum Road
Hastings NY 13076

315-382-2871 (H)


Jeff Bolsinger
CHANGED 1/18/18

98 State Street
Canton, NY 13617


Gary Lee

PO Box 302
Inlet, NY 13360

315 357-5150 (H)


Bryan L. Swift

470 Bond Rd
Altamont, NY 12009



Bill Ostrander

80 Westmont Ave
Elmira, NY 14905

607-732-3370 (H)
607-687-8293 (W)


Ronald Bourque

2250 Brigham Street 3K
Brooklyn, NY 11229-6622
718-648-1684 (H)
Kingbird Editor
Shai Mitra Biology Department
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314

Don't know where the regions are?  Click here for the map.

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