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2013 Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Above-average habitat conditions throughout most of Canada
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The spring season arrived at the beginning of May, with exceptional temperatures of over 25 C over five consecutive days. In general, average temperatures have been about 1 C higher than normal. Total precipitation levels continue to be slightly lower than normal for all regions, especially in the west, which received approximately 50 percent less precipitation than usual.

Generally, the province hasn't experienced a very high rise of the St. Lawrence River this year. However, habitats remain plentiful and in good shape, despite the limited precipitation and snow accumulations during the winter.

The average St. Lawrence water level at Sorel station was lower than normal (by 20 cm) earlier in May, but has been rising. The spring migration is almost finished, and has been normal with lots of greater snow geese and Canada geese.

Pairs of Canada geese, mallards and American black ducks are establishing breeding territories on available wetlands on the St. Peter Lake region. All the usual duck species have been observed including northern pintails, northern shovelers, canvasbacks, blue-winged and green-winged teal. In Saguenay region, a large number of nest boxes are occupied by common goldeneyes.

Overall, habitat conditions look better than expected, especially in the north and west. The outlook for brood production should be good.


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