Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

In the traditional survey area, the majority of the Canadian prairies had below to well-below-average winter temperatures and average precipitation. Southern Manitoba benefitted from last year’s summer and fall precipitation, whereas southern Saskatchewan and most of Alberta were aided by spring 2014 precipitation. The 2014 estimate of ponds in Prairie Canada was 4.6 ± 0.2 million. This estimate was similar to the 2013 estimate (4.6 ± 0.2 million) and 33% above the 1961-2013 average (3.5 ± 0.03 million). The Parklands remained in good condition from previous years’ carry-over water and the boreal region has benefitted from above-average annual precipitation. Most of the Canadian portion of the traditional survey area was rated as good or excellent this year and the region continued to receive additional precipitation after the survey.