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2013 Spring Habitat Conditions in Canada

Above-average habitat conditions throughout most of Canada
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ATLANTIC CANADA

Overall, it has been a relatively dry spring, with the only exception being Newfoundland where precipitation has been variable throughout the province. Forest fire indexes climbed in early May, resulting in many fires, including a large forest fire in southern New Brunswick.

The forest fire indexes have since dropped and risks remain low. Lately, temperatures are fluctuating from the low 20s C to below zero on recent nights. Environment Canada is predicting normal temperatures and normal precipitation for all of Atlantic Canada (June-August), so it should be an average summer.

The breeding season is in full swing, and all dabbler species are pairing up or have already paired. Earlier nesters, such as Canada geese and American black ducks, are beginning to emerge with young broods. Peak hatch is expected to occur in late May or early June.  Although water levels in brooks and rivers are lower than average, wetlands are operating at normal levels. Based on long-term weather forecasts, water levels should remain average throughout the summer.

Currently, habitat conditions are good throughout Atlantic Canada.

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