A Snapshot of the Canadian Prairies

Written by Jim Bredy
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Photo of Jim Bredy.On May 31, I departed Calgary, Alberta, in the morning, and flew to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to commence another survey. The following photos are a snapshot of the conditions I saw along that route. This is not a total summary of prairie wetland conditions. For more detailed information on habitat conditions in a particular crew area, please refer to the individual crew leaders’ reports. There is still LOTS of water out there!

Five nautical miles east of the Calgary International airport.  Good to excellent wetland conditions.

Five nautical miles east of the Calgary International airport. Good to excellent wetland conditions. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.

Sixty nautical miles east of Calgary, Alberta with good wetland conditions.

Sixty nautical miles east of Calgary, Alberta with good wetland conditions. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.

Ninety nautical miles east of Calgary near Cessford, Alberta.  Fair to good wetland conditions in the northern portion of the short-grass-prairie area of Alberta.

Ninety nautical miles east of Calgary near Cessford, Alberta. Fair to good wetland conditions in the northern portion of the short-grass-prairie area of Alberta. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.

Thirty-seven nautical miles northwest of Empress, Alberta.  Good wetland numbers with fair upland habitat conditions.

Thirty-seven nautical miles northwest of Empress, Alberta. Good wetland numbers with fair upland habitat conditions. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.

Eighty-four nautical miles southwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Eighty-four nautical miles southwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.

Eighteen nautical miles north of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Eighteen nautical miles north of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.

One hundred twenty-three nautical miles east-southeast of Regina, Saskatchewan, near the Manitoba border.

One hundred twenty-three nautical miles east-southeast of Regina, Saskatchewan, near the Manitoba border. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.

Twenty nautical miles north of Brandon, Manitoba.

Twenty nautical miles north of Brandon, Manitoba. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.

Large irrigation canal coming off the south end of Lake Manitoba.

Large irrigation canal coming off the south end of Lake Manitoba. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.