Temperatures have been near normal to slightly below normal, and precipitation continues to be frequent and widespread. These conditions have maintained habitat throughout southwest areas, where Parkland wetlands are in excellent condition. Most northern ranges of the Parklands have received average to above-average rain, while the Killarney pothole regions and the southern portion of the Virden landscape have received well-above-average amounts.
Broods are being observed frequently. Some initial broods of early-arriving species have fledged, while younger broods of later-nesting and renesting birds are readily observed.
Mortality due to haying, which was expected to be abnormally high, was lessoned due to frequent rain events that delayed producers and allowed additional nests to hatch. Crop harvest is not expected to be as early as in 2012, and will be extended as crop readiness is highly variable due todelayed spring seeding activities.
Most species common to the province are well represented in duck brood observations by staff. Resident Canada goose populations also appear to be growing.