Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Conditions across the Canadian prairies were similar to 2009. Portions of southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba improved but a large area along the Alberta and Saskatchewan border remained dry, and moisture levels in portions of Manitoba declined from last year. The 2010 estimate of ponds in Prairie Canada was 3.7 ± 0.2 million. This was similar to last year's estimate (3.6 ± 0.1 million) and was similar to the 1955-2009 average (3.4 ± 0.03 million). Residual water remains in the Parklands and these were classified as fair to good. Most of the Prairie-Parkland region of Canada received abundant to historically high levels of precipitation during and after the survey which, while possibly flooding some nests, will produce excellent brood-rearing habitat for successful nesters and lessen the summer drawdown, leading to beneficial wetland conditions next spring.