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Late Summer Canadian Habitat Conditions 

Conditions declining, but habitat still good
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British Columbia

Although conditions have recently begun to moderate, the Coast has been warm and very dry, with Vancouver receiving its first-ever rain-free month in July.  Early crops (e.g., berries) are now finished, fresh veggies abound and later crops, such as corn, are ripening fast.  The first cover crops for wintering waterfowl will be in the ground soon, though the dry weather may hinder their establishment.  Despite the lack of rainfall, habitat conditions remain good due to their strong start this spring.  Local broods are maturing, and prospects for the fall flight look average.

In the northern Interior, dry conditions have prevailed since late June — even breaking records in many areas.  Environment Canada's seasonal forecast calls for warmer-than-normal temperatures through the remainder of the summer.  Wetlands and uplands are starting to show the effects of six weeks of limited rain.  Some waterfowl are staging, and the fall flight is expected to be average.

Rainfall has also been limited in the southern Interior since June.  Habitat conditions are starting to decline, but still remain good due to a robust spring.  Prospects for the fall flight are average.
The southeast Interior has escaped the dry conditions of the rest of the Interior, and precipitation continues to be above normal.

Since April 1, the Peace region has experienced 115-150 percent of normal precipitation, and the past month has been particularly wet.  Wetlands have maintained above-normal levels, and wet conditions have delayed the harvest of many food crops.  Prospects for the fall flight are very good due to presumed high brood production, retention of high wetland/lake levels and abundant upland crop availability.

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