Western Boreal Forest
Above-average temperatures have resulted in a few forest fires in central areas. Near Whitehorse, rivers and lakes remain in very good condition thanks to high runoff from winter snow. The remainder of the territory has good habitat conditions. Many broods have been observed for multiple species, including bufflehead, ring-necked duck and scaup.
It has been an unusually hot and dry summer, especially over the last month. Water levels are starting to decline in some areas, and fire danger is high as a result. However, many broods are being observed and most are expected to fledge soon; they will be working their way south before we know it.
Rainfall has been above average over the last two months. The moisture was welcome since the area was drier than normal over the preceding months. However, wetland habitat conditions remain in fair condition for much of the region.
Above-normal rainfall has created favourable conditions for many areas. However, some pockets in the extreme northeast have only received about 50 per cent of their average moisture over the last month or so. Many early-hatched broods are now fledged, while broods for re-nesters and late-nesting species (e.g., scaup) are still very young.
Average temperatures and above-normal rain-fall have helped maintain good conditions. Broods are abundant on many wetlands throughout the region.
The region is experiencing two extremes. Southwest areas (e.g., near the Pas) have received above-average rain this summer, which is supporting very good habitat conditions. Conversely, precipitation has been well below average in northeast areas, where wetlands are only in fair condition. Nest success appears to have been good for mallards, wigeons and ring-necked ducks.