Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Prairie Canada Pond Numbers

Spring phenology was early across the traditional survey area, particularly in relation to 2013 and 2014. Much of the Canadian prairies had average to below-average winter precipitation and above-average temperatures. The best moisture conditions were centered in southern Saskatchewan, but nearly all of prairie Canada experienced below-normal spring precipitation. The 2015 estimate of ponds in Prairie Canada was 4.2 ± 0.1 million. This estimate was 10% below the 2014 estimate of 4.6 ± 0.2 million and 19% below the long-term average (3.5 ± 0.02 million). Annual winter precipitation was lower in the northern part of the survey area; the Parklands, however, continue to benefit from precipitation received in 2013 and 2014. The boreal region and Alaska exhibited drier conditions, but an early spring and the absence of flooding in important nesting areas should aid waterfowl production. Habitats in most of the Canadian portion of the traditional survey area were rated as fair or good this year; however, some areas received greater annual precipitation resulting in excellent conditions.