Conditions Look Good on “The Rock”

Written by Mark Koneff
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Photo of Mark Koneff.The mandatory inspection on N769, our Quest Kodiak survey aircraft, was completed in Bangor, ME, on May 11. On May 12 we ferried from Bangor, across the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Stephenville, on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. A persistent low pressure system has brought rain and low clouds to much of the island for the past week, but advanced far enough east by the afternoon of May 13 for us to begin the survey again. We flew 2 long survey lines across the center of the island. Moose and caribou were plentiful and habitat conditions for waterfowl looked good. All wetlands, even high altitude wetlands, were ice-free and very little snow remains (again only on the highest terrain). Observed conditions bode well for waterfowl production on the “Rock” this spring.

Rocky Newfoundland highlands.

Rocky Newfoundland highlands. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Rugged terrain of central Newfoundland.

Rugged terrain of central Newfoundland. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Clode Sound of Terra Nova National Park.  Terra Nova is Latin for

Clode Sound of Terra Nova National Park. Terra Nova is Latin for "New Land". Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Bog on the western side of the Park.

Bog on the western side of the Park. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Rugged beauty of central Newfoundland on a rare sunny day.

Rugged beauty of central Newfoundland on a rare sunny day. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired