DU nesting/water conditions as of 6/20/05

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DU nesting/water conditions as of 6/20/05

Postby h2ofwlr » Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:35 pm

Conditions have improved with recent precipitation
across much of British Columbia. There has also been a
dramatic improvement in conditions in southern
Saskatchewan and Alberta, which were previously rated
fair-poor. Southern Manitoba continues to be rated
very good-excellent. The Western Boreal Forest is
largely in good condition with a few areas that are
rated good-fair. Conditions throughout eastern Canada
have remained stable or improved in the past month,
and vary from good-very good. Early evidence suggests
that waterfowl production will be good across the
country with the exception of the British Columbia
Interior, where observations suggest that there are
fewer birds than normal.

Following a prolonged period of below average habitat
conditions, recent rains have improved the outlook for
much of British Columbia. Conditions on Vancouver
Island and along the South Coast have been upgraded to
very good. Upland conditions in the region still
suggest an early harvest, followed by early planting
of cover crops to provide food for waterfowl later
this year. Prior to the recent rains, conditions in
the Interior ranged from average to below average,
generally in a north-south gradient. Conditions have
improved in all areas of the Interior, and uplands are
relatively green, but even with the rains, water
levels are still a concern in the south, where
conditions are rated fair. In the central Interior,
conditions are good, wetland water levels are above
normal, and uplands are in very good shape. In the
Peace region, habitat conditions are currently very
good, and DUC projects are overflowing. Agricultural
crops are 2-4 weeks ahead of schedule in the region.
In the far northeast, precipitation has been even
greater. Estimates of waterfowl productivity are not
yet available in some regions, but production is
expected to be good in most areas with the exception
of the Interior, where early evidence suggests that
there are fewer birds than normal.

In Alberta, habitat conditions are currently the best
that they have been in years in much of the province,
with conditions remaining stable or substantially
improving since the last report. Very good conditions
remain across the northern region and good conditions
are holding throughout the central Alberta parkland.
May pond counts in parts of central Alberta increased
substantially and in some cases rivaled maximum
historical counts. The greatest improvement occurred
in the prairies of southern Alberta, where previously
reported poor–fair conditions have rebounded to
good–very good. The improvement was caused by two
consecutive early June storm events, which
collectively recorded between 75-325 mm of rain over
the entire grassland and grassland-parkland interface.
Heavy rain has also dominated over central and
southern regions in the past several days, with
central Alberta receiving an additional four inches of
rain. Flood warnings, flood watches and high stream
flow advisories are in effect for numerous communities
in the region. In addition to good wetland conditions,
associated uplands are very robust and are providing
excellent nesting cover. Waterfowl populations appear
to have strongly responded to improved habitat
conditions across Alberta. Casual observation notes
increased waterfowl numbers, increased species
richness and a committed breeding effort, especially
across central Alberta. The timing of recent major
improvements in southern Alberta should positively
effect mid to late nesting and renesting birds.

Overall, habitat conditions across most of
Saskatchewan range from good-excellent. The province
has had steady rain since the beginning of spring, and
in the past 2 weeks some areas have received as much
as 10 – 11 inches of precipitation. Temperatures have
been cool, with little of the water evaporating, and
many of the temporary ponds are once again filled.
Some of the key waterfowl breeding areas in the
province such as the Missouri Coteau and Allan Hills
are in good-very good condition. The northwest region
of the province is experiencing the best water
conditions that they have had in many years, which is
reflected in the number of waterfowl pairs counted
during the CWS / USFWS surveys. The number of pairs
counted were the highest that they have been for some
time as many of the basins that are normally dry are
now very wet. Broods started showing up in early June,
and have continued to appear over the past few weeks.
Broods of mallard, pintail, canvasback, blue winged
teal, and gadwall have been observed so far. Goose
broods are particularly abundant. Due to the good-very
good water conditions there may be some re-nesting, as
there are still sightings of pairs on ponds. Overall,
the outlook for production is positive.

Conditions are very good-excellent throughout southern
Manitoba due to abundant precipitation, plentiful
spring wetlands, good nesting conditions, and an
abundance of cover. The initial settling and nesting
effort was good and the renesting effort is also
expected to be strong due to excellent mid-season
wetland conditions. In the southwestern region,
flooding of some waterfowl nests has occurred. Redhead
and canvasback in the areas of Newdale, Basswood and
Rivers may be the most heavily impacted by the
flooding. Broods are now common in the southwest and
are generally of large size. Canada goose, mallard,
pintail, canvasback and gadwall broods have all been

Overall, habitat conditions are good in most of the
Western Boreal Forest. Much of the region has received
above average amounts of precipitation this year. For
the most part, conditions have improved from recent
years, although despite the recent rain, breeding
conditions in areas south of 60 (northern British
Columbia east to northern Saskatchewan) still remain
below their long-term average and are described as
having a high fire risk and drought-like conditions.
Conditions are good-very good further south in the
boreal fringe of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Manitoba in
its entirety, and the majority of the Yukon. The
northern half of the Northwest Territories is
experiencing good habitat conditions, while good-fair
conditions exist in the southern half. Waterfowl
surveys in the Yukon indicate that the most abundant
species are scaup species, wigeon, and scoter species;
in northeastern British Columbia, scaup species,
bufflehead, mallard, and ring-necked ducks are showing
in good numbers; while in northern Alberta the
prevalent species seem to be ring-necked ducks,
mallards, green-wings, and blue-winged teal.

Habitat conditions across southern Ontario continue to
be surprisingly good despite a prolonged dry spell in
the region. Rains, however, will be needed in short
order to sustain brood rearing wetlands throughout the
summer. Below average temperatures during most of May
have been replaced by a recent heat wave throughout
the lower Great Lakes region of the province, which
has returned plant phenology to normal. Habitat across
northern Ontario is in very good shape as wet
conditions coupled with more seasonal temperatures
have prevailed. A strong breeding effort appears to
have translated into good early-season production with
numerous mallard and wood duck broods observed in the
field. Localized increases in the numbers of
blue-winged teal are further encouraging. Preliminary
results from the black duck survey suggest a slight
upward trend in black duck numbers across the central
and northeastern parts of the province, while mild May
weather has boded well for goose production in the
southern James Bay population.

Habitat and duckling production is good-very good in
Quebec. Many large broods of blue-winged teal, mallard
and common goldeneye have been observed in northern
regions. In the eastern part of Quebec, flocks of
black duck males and many dabbling duck pairs are
still observed, demonstrating a good breeding effort.
In the Lake St.-Pierre region, there is also a good
production with average brood size, but additional
precipitation is needed to assure a good brood rearing
habitat and to diminish the risk of nest predation.
Resident Canada geese are very abundant in
Saguenay-Lake-St.-John and Lake St.-Pierre regions.
Habitat conditions at Bylot Island in the Arctic are
good. Recent weather has been mild on Bylot Island and
the layer of snow on the ground is slightly above
average. About a hundred snow goose pairs have been
counted on the island, which is normal for this time
of season.

Habitat conditions are excellent in the Maritimes
following heavy precipitation in May and early June.
However, waterfowl production is expected to be below
average due to unusually cold temperatures.
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Postby Dogman » Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:37 pm

Good post,thanks h20fwlr :thumbsup:
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Postby SCoutdoorsman » Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:15 pm

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Postby duckdog » Tue Jun 28, 2005 9:26 pm

:withstupid: Very nice info, thank you!!! :thumbsup:
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Postby take em' 77 » Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:39 pm

sounds like this should be a good season :thumbsup:
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