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DU Canada Habitat Report - July 2011

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May and June temperatures were close to the norm across the province, except in the south, where average temperatures were about 2 C higher than normal.

The Abitibi region received about one-third of its normal rainfall in May, making it the third-driest May since 1951. With total monthly precipitation close to or above normal elsewhere in Quebec, Eastern townships saw the rainiest May since 1962 and Montreal regions had their third-rainiest May since 1941. Six low pressure systems moved through Quebec over a 14-day period, which contributed greatly to several flood events, particularly in the south and in the Eastern Townships. In general, June precipitation was close to or below normal for all regions except in the Quebec area.

The mean St. Lawrence level at Sorel station was about 90 cm higher than usual. All major courses and wetlands have a good water supply across the province.

Spring habitat conditions were excellent in Quebec, and breeding population estimates for the six most abundant species revealed an increase for mallards. Estimates for black ducks and mergancers were 13 and 8 percent below their respective LTAs.
Production should be good this year. Habitat conditions remain generally good across the province.

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