The spring has been slightly cooler than normal, except along the St. Lawrence River and south of the river, where temperatures were near normal. Early-spring precipitation was 30-60 per cent above normal everywhere except in eastern and lower St. Lawrence regions where amounts were 20-40 per cent below normal. The mean St. Lawrence River water level remains very high for this time of the year, by about 75 cm.
The spring and breeding season were delayed, but the outlook for brood production should be good overall this year.
In coastal habitats of the Boreal, waterfowl habitats were free of ice as soon as usual. In the interior, several lakes were still frozen by the end of May, but this doesn't seem to have affected waterfowl migration to the North. As usual, waterfowl had vacated the St.Lawrence Lowlands by the first days of May to reach their breeding grounds.