From Average to Awesome!

Written by Garnet Raven
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Photo of Garnet Raven.The Alberta ground survey crew has been able to complete stratum 29 and 28 in southern Alberta and is close to finishing stratum 27. Weather has cooperated and temperatures have been well above average for most of the last few days, allowing our pilot Jim Bredy and observer Jay Hitchcock to survey each day since we started on May 9th.

Conditions in stratum 29 were more dry than expected and duck numbers were about average. Western portions of stratum 28 were similar but things changed drastically as we moved east and north. Conditions in stratum 27 are very wet and duck numbers are high. We’re expecting more of the same as we move into the eastern parklands over the next few days.

The parklands have held decent moisture over the last couple of years and are expected to be very wet again this year. Hopefully a couple years of good production will result in high duck numbers this year. We will soon know.

A flooded pond on the Spondin transect in stratum 27.

A flooded pond on the Spondin transect in stratum 27. Credit: Murray Gillespie, Ducks Unlimited Canada

Surveying a pond on the Hanna transect in stratum 27.

Surveying a pond on the Hanna transect in stratum 27. Credit: Murray Gillespie, Ducks Unlimited Canada

More wet conditions in stratum 27.

More wet conditions in stratum 27. Credit: Murray Gillespie, Ducks Unlimited Canada

A young bull moose spotted on the Hanna transect in stratum 27.

A young bull moose spotted on the Hanna transect in stratum 27. Credit: Murray Gillespie, Ducks Unlimited Canada