Ground Crew Wrapping Up South Dakota
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).