Habitat Conditions Improve in Some Areas of Western Manitoba and Eastern Saskatchewan

Written by Jeff Drahota
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jeff DrahotaThe completion of the May survey appears to be elusive as we are delayed a few more days by high winds and unsettled weather. The last few days we have covered the northern end of our crew area including the interlake region in Manitoba. Most of the pond areas continue to be permanent wetlands, wet meadows, and lakes. The south ends of the bigger lakes still look good for over water nesters (see top image below).

Ducks still appear to be locally concentrated. Mallard drake flocks of greater than five appear to be more common now, potentially indicating hatching for many birds will occur soon. Canada goose hatching is well underway, with most of the broads already into their gray plumage. Non-breeders appear to be flocking up already.

Good hemi-marsh areas on the south side of the very large lakes in the interlake region. Photo Credit: Jeff Drahota, USFWS.

Good hemi-marsh areas on the south side of the very large lakes in the interlake region. Photo Credit: Jeff Drahota, USFWS.

A few areas in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan have good water levels because of the higher concentration of semi-permanent and permanent wetlands. Photo Credit: Jeff Drahota, USFWS.

A few areas in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan have good water levels because of the higher concentration of semi-permanent and permanent wetlands. Photo Credit: Jeff Drahota, USFWS.