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Early Fall Habitat Conditions in Canada

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Québec

August temperatures were normal or warmer than usual, especially in Montreal, the Eastern Townships and the Ottawa River valley. Since the beginning of September, mean temperatures have been close to normal.

In August, total monthly precipitation was generally abundant for all areas, except the Abitibi region, which experienced its second driest August in the past 60 years. Saguenay and Montreal regions received, respectively, 3 and 2.5 times more precipitation than normal. At the end on the month, post-tropical storm Irene brought 100-150 mm of rain in 24 hours.

At the Sorel Stations, the average St. Lawrence water level remained roughly 40cm higher than normal in August, and climbed quickly after Irene. Both the Ottawa River and St. Lawrence have now returned to normal levels.

Given temperatures and water levels close to normal, the fall flight should be promising. Waterfowl are starting to arrive, and wetlands are in good shape. A good hunting season is anticipated, and the high water level should give hunters easier access. Habitat conditions remain good throughout the province, and are very good in the Ottawa River valley and along the St. Lawrence River plain.

At Bylot Island, temperatures were favorable for a good banding season, with 3,800 greater snow geese banded. This year, the juvenile-to-adult ratio was 1.19, which is similar to last year (1.18) and greater than the long-term average (1.03). The percentage of goslings in the fall flight should be roughly 29 percent, which is very good compared to the average of 22 percent.

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