Manitoba Ground Crew Reaches Half-way Point

Written by Marc Schuster
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Photo of Marc Schuster.This year we started the ground portion of the survey on May 10 and have been going ever since. We completed stratum 39 in southwestern Manitoba on May 12 and moved into stratum 34 in southeastern Saskatchewan on the 13th. So far, habitat conditions have ranged from good to excellent, especially in stratum 39. Wet conditions prevailed on the ground portions with some transects yielding record numbers of ducks. One air-ground segment had almost 1,000 indicated ducks, the most it has ever had in more than 25 years. Today we surveyed the western portion of Stratum 35 and noticed that this area was dry compared to other areas surveyed so far. That, however, is not unusual for the Regina Plains. Tomorrow we move on to the Yorkton area while we begin to survey Stratum 35. Hopefully, the trend of average to higher than average duck numbers continues as we carry on the second half of our survey.

Manitoba Ground Crew, 2014.  From left to right. Marc Schuster (Canadian Wildlife Service), Darin Walker (Canadian Wildlife Service), Jim Leafloor (Canadian Wildlife Service), Garth Ball (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Megan Ross (Canadian Wildlife Service), Ron Bazin (Canadian Wildlife Service), Joel Ingram (Canadian Wildlife Service), Rob Buss (Ducks Unlimited Canada).

Manitoba Ground Crew, 2014. From left to right. Marc Schuster (Canadian Wildlife Service), Darin Walker (Canadian Wildlife Service), Jim Leafloor (Canadian Wildlife Service), Garth Ball (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Megan Ross (Canadian Wildlife Service), Ron Bazin (Canadian Wildlife Service), Joel Ingram (Canadian Wildlife Service), Rob Buss (Ducks Unlimited Canada). Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Sarah Yates flies over Ron Bazin near the Wapella Transect, Southeastern Saskatchewan.

Sarah Yates flies over Ron Bazin near the Wapella Transect, Southeastern Saskatchewan. Photo by Garth Ball, Ducks Unlimited Canada

Megan Ross returns from checking a pond the Melita Transect, Southwestern Manitoba.

Megan Ross returns from checking a pond the Melita Transect, Southwestern Manitoba. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Horned Grebe on the Inchkeith Transect, southeastern Saskatchewan.

Horned Grebe on the Inchkeith Transect, southeastern Saskatchewan. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Pronghorn Antelope near the Riceton Transect, southeastern Saskatchewan.

Pronghorn Antelope near the Riceton Transect, southeastern Saskatchewan. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Moose on the Broomhill Transect, southwestern Manitoba.

Moose on the Broomhill Transect, southwestern Manitoba. Photo by Garth Ball, Ducks Unlimited Canada