South Manitoba Update: Stratum 38 and 39

Written by Jeff Drahota
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Jeff DrahotaSo far, habitat conditions appear to be below average. Most temps and seasonal wetlands are dry throughout southern Manitoba, and the first few lines surveyed in eastern Saskatchewan appear to be even dryer. There are a few areas still holding water (see video) and the birds are definitely concentrated in these remaining areas.

Prior to 10 May, the larger ducks appear to have initiated nesting based on the observation that single drakes are commonly seen for mallards, pintails, and canvasbacks. Most of the blue-winged teal are still paired. I have also seen a few Canada goose broods that are very young.

Semiperms and a few seasonal wetlands still holding water in south-central Manitoba (1)

Semiperms and a few seasonal wetlands still holding water in south-central Manitoba.Video by Jeff Drahota, US FWS

Some areas have new drainage systems added where wetlands show a little indication of recent ponding, other areas are simply lost and will no longer pond water for more than a day or two. Photo Credit: Jeff Drahota, USFWS.

Some areas have new drainage systems added where wetlands show a little indication of recent ponding, other areas are simply lost and will no longer pond water for more than a day or two. Photo Credit: Jeff Drahota, USFWS.

Recent indications of wetland drainage activity in southern Manitoba are common across most of the survey area. Photo Credit: Jeff Drahota, USFWS.

Recent indications of wetland drainage activity in southern Manitoba are common across most of the survey area. Photo Credit: Jeff Drahota, USFWS.