Manitoba Ground Crew Reaches Half-Way Point

Written by Marc Schuster
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Photo of Marc Schuster.After a late start to the survey this year, the Manitoba ground crew has hit its stride and arrived in Regina today. This marks the halfway point of our survey. So far, we have observed close to normal conditions in Stratum 39 and southeastern Stratum 35. compared to the drier conditions that prevailed last year. The heavy snow pack that these areas experienced this past winter are not in evidence now as the moisture has been soaked up by the dry soil. What’s left are ideal conditions for breeding waterfowl, and also for landowners. It seems to me that the wetland conditions we are seeing make for a happy medium. There is little or no flooding, which allows farmers to access their fields, but the wetlands are full or nearly full, which is good for ducks. The only exception to this is the western part of stratum 35 near Regina, which is drier than last year. The crew is now off to the Yorkton area to complete the Southeastern portion of Saskatchewan, after which we will return to Manitoba to complete the survey.

Manitoba Ground Crew, 2013. From left to right: Joel Ingram (Canadian Wildlife Service), Darin Walker (Canadian Wildlife Service), Garth Ball (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Megan Ross (Canadian Wildlife Service), Ron Bazin (Canadian Wildlife Service), Marc Schuster (Canadian Wildlife Service), Rob Buss (Ducks Unlimited Canada).

Manitoba Ground Crew, 2013. From left to right: Joel Ingram (Canadian Wildlife Service), Darin Walker (Canadian Wildlife Service), Garth Ball (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Megan Ross (Canadian Wildlife Service), Ron Bazin (Canadian Wildlife Service), Marc Schuster (Canadian Wildlife Service), Rob Buss (Ducks Unlimited Canada). Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Cattle Egret on the Melita Transect, Southwestern Manitoba.

Cattle Egret on the Melita Transect, Southwestern Manitoba. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Green-winged Teal on the Melita Transect, Southwestern Manitoba.

Green-winged Teal on the Melita Transect, Southwestern Manitoba. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Oil well and drilling rig near a wetland on the Elcott Transect, Southeastern Saskatchewan. Oil rigs are an increasingly common sight in this area of the province.

Oil well and drilling rig near a wetland on the Elcott Transect, Southeastern Saskatchewan. Oil rigs are an increasingly common sight in this area of the province. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service