This spring (especially April) has been colder and wetter than normal. In fact, record flooding events occurred throughout the far north, as well as in south central Ontario. Significant snowfall amounts also fell throughout the north including the Hudson's and James Bay lowlands. Due to relatively cool temperatures and significant precipitation events, most inland wetlands are near their maximum water-holding capacities, providing good overall spring breeding conditions for waterfowl.
Last year, Great Lakes water levels were at record lows, which was cause for significant concern. Currently, lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior are still significantly lower than normal (by 1 foot on average) while lakes Erie and Ontario have rebounded to near-normal water levels. Migration of Canada geese and duck species has been typical, and local breeding populations of Canada geese have produced a strong number of goslings. With relatively good breeding and brood-rearing habitats across most of the province, waterfowl production will be strong.