Provided by Ducks Unlimited Canada
After a decent freeze-up, winter conditions have been variable in the BC/Western Boreal Region. Favorable wetlands conditions are supporting large flocks of waterfowl along the BC coast, and it looks like the Boreal will welcome migrants back to positive spring conditions. Most of the Prairie Region has been colder than usual, and precipitation has varied. Some areas have experienced over twice their normal winter snowfall, while amounts have been more modest in southwest Manitoba. Spring conditions should be good to very good in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and a recent return to below-average temperatures in Alberta should offset the lack of frost seal and improve spring runoff prospects. Fall and winter conditions have generally been good in the Eastern Region. Ontario wetlands are holding ample water, St. Lawrence levels are close to normal and high numbers of eiders are being observed in Newfoundland and Labrador.