Numbers game: Fall 2017

Notable new numbers for outdoorsfolk, from 51 to 47.3 million

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51

Woodland caribou ranges across Canada. In July, Ottawa unveiled its proposed Action Plan for the Woodland Caribou, noting that 37 of the ranges are not self-sustaining, requiring habitat restoration and population management, such as predator control.

4

$500,000

Donation from Alberta philanthropist and outdoorsman David Bissett (above right) to support ALUS Canada’s conservation projects on farms and ranches in southern Alberta.

3

17,940

Pheasant chicks raised by Alberta 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts, landowners and schools this past summer through the Alberta Conservation Association and 4-H Pheasant Raise and Release Project.

2

47,300,000

Total population of breeding ducks in the traditional areas surveyed this year by the Canadian Wildlife Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The number is slightly lower than last year, but 34 per cent above the 1955 to 2016 long-term average.

5

14,000,000

Acres of habitat conserved in North America by Ducks Unlimited, now commemorating the 80th anniversary of its U.S. operation. Ducks Unlimited Canada celebrates its 80th next year.