Time to Survey the Atlantic Provinces

Written by Mark Koneff
Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photo of Mark Koneff.My observer, Holly (Holiday) Obrecht, and I began the Maine and Atlantic Canada Crew Area today in Maine. Breeding habitat conditions in Maine thus far have been good and survey timing appears optimal. Winter in Maine and parts of Maritime Canada was relatively dry, particularly in comparison to the heavy snows experienced in the winter of 2010-2011. Spring, too, began warm and dry, however, temperatures in late April have been seasonal to cooler than average and several days of very heavy, and widespread, rain has recharged streams and wetlands. Here’s hoping for good flying weather and lots of birds in the easternmost crew area…

The Maine and Atlantic Canada survey crew for 2012: Holly Obrecht (left) and Mark Koneff (right).

The Maine and Atlantic Canada survey crew for 2012: Holly Obrecht (left) and Mark Koneff (right). Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

The crew poses with their survey plane prior to takeoff.

The crew poses with their Kodiak survey plane prior to takeoff. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Concluding the first transect along the Maine-New Hampshire border, Mt. Washington in the background.

Concluding the first transect along the Maine-New Hampshire border, Mt. Washington in the background. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

New wind turbines catch a westerly breeze on a ridgetop in western Maine.

New wind turbines catch a westerly breeze on a ridgetop in western Maine. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Bar Harbor, Maine with Acadia National Park in the background.

Bar Harbor, Maine with Acadia National Park in the background. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Lining up over the dramatic coastline near Cutler, Maine.

Lining up over the dramatic coastline near Cutler, Maine. Photo by M. Koneff, US FWS

Old beaver flowage recently recharged by heavy rains that passed through Maine in late April.

Old beaver flowage recently recharged by heavy rains that passed through Maine in late April. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired