Heading Home - Conditions Generally Good

Written by Mark Koneff
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Photo of Mark Koneff.We wrapped up the Maine and Atlantic Canada crew area today in Labrador and ferried halfway home, stopping in Sept-Iles, Quebec for the evening. Snow and ice still cling to the higher elevations in Labrador, particularly above 2000 feet MSL. The thaw is well underway, however, and some local flooding of wetlands was observed throughout Labrador. In general, conditions are good for breeding waterfowl. I think we completed the survey of this crew area in record time this year…started April 29, finished May 22, including a return trip to Bangor for a 100-hour aircraft inspection. I’ll take it after taking 6 weeks to complete the survey during the wet/cold spring of 2011! Now I’m headed home to Bangor tomorrow, where I’ll prepare to survey the Canada Goose Atlantic Population on the Ungava Peninsula in northern Quebec in June. Stay tuned for that…

Conditions better at lower elevations.

Conditions better at lower elevations. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Lots of ice and snow remain at higher elevations in Labrador.

Lots of ice and snow remain at higher elevations in Labrador. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Local flooding of wetlands observed throughout Labrador as the spring thaw kicks in.

Local flooding of wetlands observed throughout Labrador as the spring thaw kicks in. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired