It has been a typical winter, with average snowfall reported in all provinces.Below-normal spring precipitation is predicted for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and southern New Brunswick, while Newfoundland and Labrador will likely get normal to above-normal amounts. Temperatures have started to climb lately, with some above-freezing daytime amounts. Environment Canada is predicting above-average spring temperatures for all of Atlantic Canada, which could mean an early spring.
Reports of waterfowl are increasing as spring approaches. Larger groups of American black ducks and mallards are being observed as estuaries begin to open and fields become exposed. Flocks of Canada geese have been reported in the Maritimes throughout the winter.
The winter snowfall should provide typical spring melt-water volumes, yet spring precipitation is predicted to be variable across Atlantic Canada. Even with these potential variations, DUC’s impoundments will operate at spring water levels. Based on current conditions, habitat conditions are good throughout Atlantic Canada.
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