Off and Running

Written by Stephen D. Earsom
Monday, May 07, 2012

Photo of Stephen D. Earsom.The eastern Ontario crew is out of the chute and well on its way. My observer this year is Bill Berg. Bill is the Deputy Project Leader at the massive Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana, the second largest NWR in the lower 48. Bill brings to the survey many years of hands-on wildlife experience, including waterfowl banding and aerial surveys. He’s a great asset and we’re lucky to have him. Welcome, Bill!

This year we’ll be covering much of the same area as last year, and have added Strata 53 in Ontario, as well as 56 and 68 in Quebec. You can view these strata on this map. Such a crew area results in a rather nomadic existence; unless weather dictates otherwise we’re often in a location only 1-2 nights before moving on. More about the habitat in those locations in the next flight log – stay tuned!

A view of Niagara Falls as we head toward Ontario on 28 April 2012.

A view of Niagara Falls as we head toward Ontario on 28 April 2012. Photo by Steve Earsom, USFWS

N723 at 4PM the day before departure to Canada. Believe it or not, it was finished before the mechanics headed home that night and I did the test flight the next morning.  Strong winds in the afternoon kept us from departing until the next day. Middletown, Delaware, 26 April 2012.

N723 at 4PM the day before departure to Canada. Believe it or not, it was finished before the mechanics headed home that night and I did the test flight the next morning. Strong winds in the afternoon kept us from departing until the next day. Middletown, Delaware, 26 April 2012. Photo by Steve Earsom, USFWS