Manitoba Ground Crew Reaches the Home Stretch

Written by Marc Schuster
Saturday, May 12, 2012

Photo of Marc Schuster.The Manitoba Ground Crew arrived in Russell, Manitoba, today, which marks the home stretch of our Survey. So far, we have observed much drier conditions in Southwestern Manitoba compared to last year. The flooding conditions that prevailed last year have changed to normal to slightly drier than normal conditions. That coupled with the early spring experienced on the prairies made for ideal conditions for landowners to begin spring seeding. This was not the case in areas of southeastern SaskatchewaK near the US border, as well as areas near Yorkton, SK. Wet conditions still prevailed (see picture) and some localized flooding was still evident. One local landowner on the Grayson air-ground segment stated that his land experienced approximately 7 inches of rain just before freeze-up last fall. The dugout in his yard had over 16 feet of water in it! In some cases, this abundance of water made for ideal conditions for breeding waterfowl. On one survey area the ground crew counted a record number of ducks for that comparison segment (30 years data). Over the next few days we will be surveying the prairie pothole area near Minnedosa, MB, to complete the ground portion of the survey.

The 2012 Manitoba ground crew (from left to right): Jeff Asmundson (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Krista Renwick (Canadian Wildlife Service), Marc Schuster (Canadian Wildlife Service), Robert Buss (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Joel Ingram (Canadian Wildlife Service), Garth Ball (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Darin Walker (Ducks Unlimited Canada).  Missing: Jim Leafloor (Canadian Wildlife Service).

The 2012 Manitoba ground crew (from left to right): Jeff Asmundson (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Krista Renwick (Canadian Wildlife Service), Marc Schuster (Canadian Wildlife Service), Robert Buss (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Joel Ingram (Canadian Wildlife Service), Garth Ball (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Darin Walker (Ducks Unlimited Canada). Missing: Jim Leafloor (Canadian Wildlife Service). Photo Credit: Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service.

Rob Spangler and Doug Benning over the Boissevan, Manitoba Transect.

Rob Spangler and Doug Benning over the Boissevan, Manitoba Transect. Photo Credit: Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service.

Wetlands flooded beyond the Margin (near Grayson, Saskatchewan).

Wetlands flooded beyond the Margin (near Grayson, Saskatchewan). Photo Credit: Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service.

Oil well site and adjacent wetland flooding on the Browning Transect in Southeast Saskatchewan.

Oil well site and adjacent wetland flooding on the Browning Transect in Southeast Saskatchewan. Photo Credit: Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service.