Weather Delays Start of Eastern Ontario Survey

Written by Thom Lewis
Saturday, May 08, 2010

Thom LewisKevin Fox, the FWS regional aviation manager for Alaska, is the pilot-biologist for the Eastern Ontario crew area this year. He arrived on 6 May from Alaska. We completed final aircraft preparations and ferried the amphibious Cessna 206, N728, to Buffalo, NY on 7 May. Rain and strong gusty winds necessitated our stopping short of our intended start point in London, Ontario. The bad weather continued today, so we stayed in Buffalo and attended to survey computer review tasks and made other preparations so we can hit the ground running when we get to the survey area. Pre-survey reports from the survey area suggest an early breeding season with fair to good habitat conditions in southeastern and eastern Ontario. We are eager to get started and see if these reports are true.

Thom Lewis, Wildlife Biologist and Pilot/Biologist in training. Photo by Kevin Fox/USFWS.

Thom Lewis, Wildlife Biologist and Pilot/Biologist in training. Photo by Kevin Fox/USFWS

Kevin Fox from Alaska is helping out with this year's May survey in Eastern and Northern Ontario. Photo by Thomas Lewis/USFWS.

Kevin Fox from Alaska is helping out with this year's May survey in Eastern and Northern Ontario. Photo by Thomas Lewis/USFWS.