For the second year, colder-than-average spring temperatures delayed runoff and waterfowl migration. Ducks and geese returned 7-10 days later than normal, but were welcomed by abundant water in most areas.
Although it isn't flooding like in 2013, most areas are holding water, with very few dry basins being observed. Several precipitation events — ranging from wet snow to thunderstorms — increased water levels throughout the month
Ducks began nesting shortly after arriving, with nests being discovered and numerous lone drakes being observed by the middle of May. The first Canada goose broods made an appearance around the long weekend in May.
Some Arctic geese were still staging in the grain belt of Saskatchewan in late May, but most have now headed north to their breeding grounds. Farmers have also been weeks behind schedule with seeding.