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2012 Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada 

Posted May 9, 2012
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The following is a compilation of environmental conditions relative to breeding waterfowl submitted by DUC field staff. These observations are not based on systematic surveys or intended to describe hunting conditions.

Summary

In the British Columbia/Western Boreal Forest Region, nesting has been delayed along the British Columbia coast. Birds arrived at the usual time in the territories, where ponds are just starting to open up. 

Habitat conditions have improved in several portions of the Prairie Region, although spring runoff was generally below normal in Alberta. Spring arrived early in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where early-arriving ducks are now nesting. Spring was also early in the Eastern Region. March temperatures were much warmer than usual, and most migrants arrived early.

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