British Columbia / Western Boreal Forest Region
It's been warm, and flood risks have been low because snow packs were lower than normal this year. Water levels may be low this summer depending on weather patterns. Local wetlands are at normal levels, and farmers are planting crops.
Many ducks and geese have moved through the area to breeding grounds after fueling up in fields, wetlands and important estuary habitats. Resident waterfowl are nesting, and ducklings and goslings are present on local wetlands.
Despite near-normal overall snowfall this year, many wetlands are still below long-term levels in central and southern areas. Habitats associated with rivers and streams are generally in better shape than isolated waterbodies.
After a long winter, migration was delayed by a couple of weeks. Breeding effort is underway. Goslings are common and ducklings are making an appearance.
In the southeast Interior, early-spring conditions were normal after a good winter snowpack.
Favorable late-winter conditions and a good frost seal led to good spring runoff.
There was a slight delay in migration, but breeding effort appears to be strong so far. Waterfowl are well into the nesting period.