How's the Habitat?

Written by Stephen D. Earsom
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Photo of Stephen D. Earsom.The extremely mild winter we experienced in the Washington DC area was also felt in portions of our crew area. The early snow and ice melt has resulted in advanced runoff and infiltration, and we’re seeing a generally drier landscape than last year. However, southern Ontario and Quebec still have good habitat conditions – permanent lakes have plenty of water and most beaver ponds, while much lower than last year, are providing what the ducks need to have a successful year. Leaf-out is also somewhat ahead of last year, though as we’ve moved north (or up in elevation) we seem to catch up with the wave of spring.

Weather has not slowed our surveys significantly this year, but this was one of those days where a spotting scope wasn't of much use. Quebec City, 09 May 2012.

Weather has not slowed our surveys significantly this year, but this was one of those days where a spotting scope wasn't of much use. Quebec City, 09 May 2012. Photo by Steve Earsom, USFWS