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Field Reports: 2010 Duck Production Outlook

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Prospects for breeding waterfowl have improved in many important areas

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1. BRITISH COLUMBIA While parts of British Columbia have received much needed precipitation, the outlook for waterfowl production remains below average across much of this province. Wetlands along the coast are in better shape than those in the interior, but more precipitation will be needed to maintain habitat conditions.

2. ALBERTA The outlook for breeding waterfowl has improved in this province since last report. In the south, two major spring snowstorms, coupled with additional rainfall, created some of the best spring wetland conditions in many years. Water levels have also improved in parts of the parklands and boreal forest, but wetland conditions remain fair to poor in these areas.

3. SASKATCHEWAN Unusually wet weather in late April and May also improved spring wetland conditions in Saskatchewan. Overall, habitat conditions range from poor in the southeast to excellent in the central parklands. Farther north, in the boreal forest, good wetland conditions and an early thaw bode well for waterfowl production.

4. MANITOBA In the south, timely rains have maintained the good wetland conditions that were present earlier this spring. In parts of the boreal forest water levels are below average, but habitat conditions remain favorable for waterfowl in many areas.

5. ONTARIO In the south, wetland conditions are much improved following several heavy rains in May. Waterfowl habitat is also in good shape in the northwest and northeast but only fair in the south-central region.

6. QUEBEC An early runoff and dry weather produced fair spring wetland conditions across this province. A strong early nesting effort has been observed, but more precipitation will be needed to ensure sufficient habitat for late nesters and broods.

7. ATLANTIC CANADA Despite drier than average spring weather, wetland conditions in Atlantic Canada remain good overall. In fact, observations of large numbers of breeding waterfowl and numerous early broods suggest this could be an above- average year for waterfowl production in the region.

8. NORTH-CENTRAL U.S. The outlook for waterfowl production is excellent across much of North Dakota and South Dakota. Duck numbers are well above average in both states, and a strong breeding effort has been observed. Generally favorable wetland conditions are also present in Iowa. Drier weather has prevailed in Minnesota, where wetland conditions are generally fair to poor. In Montana, the outlook for waterfowl production is variable, with wetland conditions ranging from fair to good across the state.

9. WESTERN U.S. Habitat conditions for breeding waterfowl are variable across the West. In California, prospects for waterfowl production range from good in the Sacramento Valley to poor in the San Joaquin. Wetland conditions are generally good in Oregon, Washington, and southern Idaho and fair in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. In Alaska, the waterfowl production outlook remains good despite dry conditions in the interior.

—Compiled from reports by Ducks Unlimited biologists

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