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Interim Result of the 45th Annual Census on Waterfowl (Anatidae) Population

April 15, 2014

The Annual Census on Waterfowl (Anatidae) Population is a nationwide census of winter Anatidae population in Japan. It has been executed every January since 1970 in cooperation with all prefectures with the participation of about 4,000 people. In FY 2013, the census was executed mainly on the 12th of January 2014 at ca. 9,000 sites all over the country.

The interim results are as follows: ca. 71,000 swans, 186,000 geese and 1,627,000 ducks were observed in Japan. In comparison with the last year, the number of swans has increased slightly (approximately 4%), the number of geese has increased approximately 11% according to the tendency to increase for the past 10 years, the number of ducks has increased (approximately 11%) after an interval of six years, and a recent gradual downward tendency was stopped. The total number of waterfowls (Anatidae) observed in this year became approximately an 11% increase in comparison with the last year.

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