Flying Again

Written by Mark Koneff
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Photo of Mark Koneff.After 5 days of rain in Fredericton, NB, we started flying again on Wednesday, May 18, completing New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. We returned to Fredericton only to be grounded until noon again on May 19 by typical Maritime fog. On May 19, we completed northern Nova Scotia and spent the night in Halifax, NS. Looks like fog and rain again for 2 days now. We hope to complete Nova Scotia on Sunday at the latest and return to Bangor, ME, for several days to complete a mandatory annual inspection on the aircraft. Then it’ll be off to Newfoundland and Labrador to complete the survey. In general, the Maritimes are wet and conditions currently look good. A break from the rain and some warmer temperatures during the upcoming brood rearing period will increase recruitment.

Tidal mudflats of the Petitcodiac River.  Deep channeling evidence of large tidal range in this region.

Tidal mudflats of the Petitcodiac River. Deep channeling evidence of large tidal range in this region. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

North Shore of Prince Edward Island.

North Shore of Prince Edward Island. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Red fields of PEI are potato country.

Red fields of PEI are potato country. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Light on the southeast shore of Prince Edward Island.

Light on the southeast shore of Prince Edward Island. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Henry Island, Nova Scotia in the Northumberland Strait.

Henry Island, Nova Scotia in the Northumberland Strait. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Highlands of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Highlands of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)