Snow Goose Migration

Snow Goose Migration Update – April 1, 2013

The snow goose migration continues to be behind schedule thanks to a delayed onset of spring weather. Continued below normal temperatures in the northern plains and a substantial snow pack have the snow goose migration locked up over portions of South Dakota. In the next week, spring like weather looks to settle into areas of South Dakota and Nebraska which should get snow geese trying to head north, but a substantial snow pack remains across North Dakota.

Snow Goose MigrationHunters have continued to report success over many areas of South Dakota. The snow goose migration has balled up in areas across I-90 as they stage just south of the snow line. Birds are still being reported across Western Iowa and Nebraska, but they should make a sizable push northward in the next week as temperatures in these areas reach into the mid 60s in the later part of the week. Portions of South Dakota will likely experience much of the same warmth and the state could be completely snow free by the weekend. Further north in North Dakota, many areas in the eastern half of the state are still buried under 12+ inches of snow. Much of this snow pack continued south into northeast South Dakota, but not much remains. This portion of snow cover that lingered in South Dakota pushed much of the snow goose migration further west across central portions of the state. The amount of snow that remains in North Dakota is larger across the eastern portion of the state. Look for the  migration to continue it’s push north through the central part of North Dakota as the snow disappears quicker.