Ground Crew Wrapping Up South Dakota

Written by Kammie Kruse
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Photo of Kammie Kruse.The Eastern Dakotas ground crew is going to survey the last air-ground correction segment in South Dakota tomorrow, and my overall impression so far is that South Dakota was pretty dry and the duck numbers are a little down. It seems comparable to the conditions from last year, though it was even drier in some places this year, which is a big difference from the very wet conditions from 3-4 years ago, but still not as dry as it was in the mid-2000s. I should know since I have been a part of the ground crew in the Eastern Dakotas for 12 of the last 13 years. Joining me (Kammie Kruse, Wildlife Biologist, Central Flyway Office, Lakewood, CO) this year on the crew is Faye Healy (Wildlife Biologist from Malheur NWR, Oregon), Stephen LeJeune (Engine Captain from the Texas Chenier Plains Complex), and Mike Nelson (Biological Science Technician from Kirwin NWR, Kansas).

The 2014 Eastern Dakotas ground crew (left to right): Faye Healy, Mike Nelson, Stephen LeJeune, and Kammie Kruse.

The 2014 Eastern Dakotas ground crew (left to right): Faye Healy, Mike Nelson, Stephen LeJeune, and Kammie Kruse. Photo by Kammie Kruse, US FWS

Kammie Kruse recording data.

Kammie Kruse recording data. Photo by Kammie Kruse, US FWS

A duck survey sign after a muddy day.

A duck survey sign after a muddy day. Photo by Kammie Kruse, US FWS

A sleeping blue-winged teal.

A sleeping blue-winged teal. Photo by Kammie Kruse, US FWS