Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

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Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Spring was much delayed across the traditional survey area. The majority of the Canadian prairies had average to below-average winter temperatures and above-average precipitation; however, a poor frost seal was produced and little runoff was observed. Extreme southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba received abundant spring rainfall but most of this moisture came too late for the majority of waterfowl breeding this year. The 2013 estimate of ponds in Prairie Canada was 4.6 ± 0.2 million. This estimate was 17% above the 2012 estimate (3.9 ± 0.1 million) and 32% above the 1961-2012 average (3.5 ± 0.03 million). The Parklands have improved from 2012 and the boreal region has benefited from average annual precipitation. Most of the Canadian portion of the traditional survey area was rated as good or excellent this year, in contrast to the dry conditions last year across northern Saskatchewan and Alberta.