Journey Through Video

Written by Steve Olson
Friday, June 13, 2014

Steve OlsonTake a virtual tour of where many species of waterfowl and waterbirds nest and where others from the prairies nest when the prairies dry up. You’ll see firsthand the wetland conditions, our flying conditions, and some very unique landscapes and animals. Enjoy.

The 2014 wetland habitat and waterfowl populations we flew over were normal, and average (in Fred's experienced opinion). The boreal north is almost always wet, and it is because of this static nature that it provides breeding habitat for migratory birds when the prairies are dry. We expect average production based on the carry-over of breeding birds from last winter and these generally "good" habitat conditions.

Wood Buffalo National Park on the north end in the Northwest Territories. We found a few whooping cranes in this habitat this day.
Video by Steve Olson/USFWS.

Canadian Shield country north of Yellowknife, N.T. Many scaup, loons, wigeon, and scoters are attempting to nest here.
Video by Steve Olson/USFWS.

More Canadian Shield country between Great Slave and Great Bear Lakes.
Video by Steve Olson/USFWS.

Punching through more beautiful country, the North Nahanni River.
Video by Steve Olson/USFWS.

The Northwest Territories, just southwest of Yellowknife, NT. Great Slave Lake is thawing, but will have ice for the next few weeks floating around the center.
Video by Steve Olson/USFWS.

Slide into the east end of Great Slave Lake.
Video by Steve Olson/USFWS.

Old Crow Flats, Yukon Territories. A great flying day, wonderful habitat, bountiful Scaup and White-winged Scoters, and the highest concentrations of moose we've seen on survey.
Video by Steve Olson/USFWS.

Sow Grizzly and her older cub on transect in the Anderson River area.
Video by Steve Olson/USFWS.

Finally, the Mackenzie River Delta! Square miles and miles of constantly evolving wetlands. Highest concentrations of swan, Northern Pintail, and many others.
Video by Steve Olson/USFWS.