Aspen parkland region dry

Written by Phil Thorpe
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Photo of Phil Thorpe. We started in the aspen parkland region of the prairies yesterday and completed this northwest stratum today. The area received some moisture from snow in April, but despite that, the habitat conditions for duck production are still only poor to fair. Most of the wetlands across the survey stratum were dry or drawn down. This area would benefit from spring rains that would help to maintain habitat for duck broods that will hatch in June and July. When the water is out of the emergent vegetation or drawn down, young broods have no cover to hide in and are exposed to aerial and terrestrial predators.

Beavers create important habitat in the prairies too.

Beavers create important habitat in the prairies too. Credit: P. Thorpe (USFWS)

Drawn down wetland in the western parklands

Drawn down wetland in the western parklands Credit: P. Thorpe (USFWS)

Drawn down wetlands in the western parklands.

Drawn down wetlands in the western parklands. Credit: P. Thorpe (USFWS)

Dry wetland in the parkland - grassland transition

Dry wetland in the parkland - grassland transition Credit: P. Thorpe (USFWS)