Breeding grounds update:
Late rains improve conditions in some areas
May 28–Significant moisture across the southern Canadian prairies in the last two weeks has improved nesting conditions for ducks in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region, the famous "Duck Factory" of North America. This precipitation will improve the chances for some later-nesting ducks, but comes too late for ducks that nest earlier in the season.
"Reports from our biologists in the field indicate above-average precipitation in some key areas of Canada," said Dr. Bruce Batt, Chief Biologist for Ducks Unlimited. "This is a welcome boost to species like teal, that nest later in the season. It probably won't help species like pintails, which are for the most part done nesting for the year."
Overall, the 2004 nesting season for waterfowl has been a mixed bag. Some areas have enjoyed relatively wet conditions, while other important areas continue to suffer from a multi-year drought. For a comprehensive look at conditions across the breeding areas of North America, click here .