"I'm very optimistic about hunting prospects in coming weeks along the upper Mississippi River," states Brenda Kelly, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologist in La Crosse. "Up until now, we've had a very mild fall, and many local birds are still holding in the various pools along the river. Also, we've recently had a strong migration of northern birds. The divers have arrived earlier than normal, and their numbers are building. We should see peak populations of most divers by the second week of November. We're also holding some strong numbers of mallards and other puddle ducks.