Weather is Good: Conditions are Mixed

Written by Rob Spangler
Monday, May 14, 2012

Rob SpanglerSince the last time Doug and I checked in we have finished strata 34, 36, 40 and 25. Strata 34 can be characterized by mostly good to excellent habitat with most basins full. The recent stretch of sunny weather has really pushed growth of vegetation and cover and that should help nesting birds. However, a few segments of stratum 34 around Regina would be described as only fair, with approximately half of the basins with water. As we moved north into stratum 36, there was a noticeable change in the availability of water. Production in this area will likely be much lower than further south, as the number of basins with water declined to 30-35%. This trend continued as we moved north into stratum 25 located near The Pas in central Manitoba and Saskatchewan where the percentage of wet basins averaged only 25-30%. We found better news in stratum 40 just northwest of Brandon, with an average of 75% wet basins.