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2013 Late Winter Habitat Conditions in Canada

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British Columbia / Western Boreal Forest Region

BRITISH COLUMBIA

February was warmer along the coast, where it has been drier than normal since January. The snowpack is at or just below average around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, but well below average (by 50-85 percent)
farther to the north.

If the weather persists, coastal farmers may start their spring planting early. While water levels remain good at the moment, the low-to-average snowpack means summer flows will likely be low in some areas. However, spring habitat conditions are still projected to be good. Large flocks of wintering waterfowl — including snow geese, American wigeons, trumpeter swans, mallards, pintails and many others — can still be found around the Fraser RiverDelta and East Coast of Vancouver Island.

The past two months have been very dry through most of the Interior. While this leaves snow levels below average in the northern Interior, snowpacks are still close to average in the south and southeast. In the southern Interior, the weather has been relatively mild, with lots of recent melting.

In the Peace region, precipitation has been about normal when considered over the entire winter. However, most of the snow fell between October and December, and there has been very little snow since then. Furthermore, the January and February weather was mild and windy, leading to melting and sublimation of ground snow. In many areas, there is less than a foot of crusty snow heading into spring. The prognosis for spring runoff is fair at best.

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