Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Conditions across the Canadian prairies declined relative to 2011. Residual moisture from prior years benefited more permanent wetlands of the coteau in Saskatchewan and near the Saskatchewan and Manitoba border, but temporary wetlands retained little moisture owing to a shallow frost seal and below-average precipitation. The 2012 estimate of ponds in Prairie Canada was 3.9 ± 0.1 million. This was 21% below last year's estimate (4.9 ± 0.2 million) and 13% above the 1961-2011 average (3.4 ± 0.03 million). Much of the parkland was classified as good; however, conditions declined westward toward Alberta. Following the completion of the survey, the Canadian prairies received above-average precipitation, which may improve habitat conditions for late-nesting waterfowl, re-nesting attempts and brood rearing.