Numbers for this year are close to the last few years. The population is holding steady. I would not expect it to grow without additional acres of habitat which is where PF has been working to increase while maintaining current habitat to it's maximum quality. Numbers will go up or down depending on available suitable habitat which is pretty much what we expected 10 years ago. The same results are seen out west. Less CRP means less birds. During my trip to Kansas this year I paid close attention to the number of hawks along the road. I always said there are just as many hawks out west as in the east. After counting hawks in Kansas, there just might be more out west. You could almost use them for mile markers. It is and has always been a habitat issue.
"The wildlife and it's habitat cannot speak for itself. So we must and we will." Teddy Roosevelt
Last edited by Lynnappelman; 02-11-2019 at 04:06 PM.