Good Luck for the Saskatchewan Ground Crew in the South!

Written by Blake Bartzen
Monday, May 19, 2014

Photo of Blake Bartzen.Although the air crew had to delay their start by a day due to weather, we have not had a weather delay since then. We travelled from Saskatoon to Swift Current, Saskatchewan, on May 8th to begin surveys in the southwest the next day. Although water conditions were a little drier in the South than they have been in recent years, we encountered high numbers of ducks on those survey segments—perhaps as a result of good productivity in recent years. Survey segments became wetter as we moved further north, and we still encountered high numbers of ducks. For the most part, survey mornings have been cool but sunny. The air crew had to take May 13th off as result of reaching their limit on consecutive days of flight, but those of us on the ground kept the ball rolling. Today we swapped roles--the ground crew took the day off while the air crew flew the next round of air-ground comparison segments. All told, we have completed the twelve segments in the south of the province, allowing us to return to Saskatoon to spend the down day catching up on office work and laundry, and spend some time with family. We will be based out of Saskatoon for the next couple of days before heading west to Kindersley. Hopefully, our good luck will continue.

Jennifer Porter surveys a semi-permanent pond on a segment south of Regina.  The barbed-wire fence in the foreground indicates high-water conditions.

Jennifer Porter surveys a semi-permanent pond on a segment south of Regina. The barbed-wire fence in the foreground indicates high-water conditions. Photo by Blake Bartzen, Canadian Wildlife Service

Steve Leach surveys a seasonal pond in native grass west of Regina.

Steve Leach surveys a seasonal pond in native grass west of Regina. Photo by Blake Bartzen, Canadian Wildlife Service