Manitoba Ground Crew Summary 2016

Written by Marc Schuster
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Photo of Marc Schuster.The Manitoba ground crew started the spring surveys on May 6 out of Brandon, Manitoba. Dry conditions were found in stratum 39 with some semi-permanent wetlands being completely dry. I have not seen this happen in quite some time. Some of the survey areas were completely devoid of water except for artificial wetlands. We had some bad weather keeping us down for several days in Brandon before we decided to head north and complete stratum 40 while heading to Yorkton. This is unusual for us since we normally head to Kenosee to complete Stratum 35 after we stay in Brandon. Sometimes mother nature has other plans and you just have to make adjustments. We found that stratum 40 had better water conditions and stratum 34 had good water as well. This was reflected in increased ground counts of all waterfowl. As we headed down to Kenosee to complete the survey in Stratum 35 we found that wetlands were drier the further south we went. For example, the Browning transect in southeastern Saskatchewan had mostly dry wetlands that are usually teaming with ducks. After wrapping up in southeastern Saskatchewan the Manitoba ground crew was able to head home on Friday, May 20.

Manitoba_Crew_2016: (From left to right) Jeff Drahota (USFWS), Sarah Yates (USFWS), Sabina Mastrolonardo (Manitoba Conservation), Delaney Brooks (CWS), Robert Buss (CWS), Darin Walker (CWS), Garth Ball (CWS), Marc Schuster (CWS), Jim Leafloor (CWS).  Missing: Ron Bazin (CWS). Photo Credit: Marc Shuster, CWS.

Manitoba_Crew_2016: (From left to right) Jeff Drahota (USFWS), Sarah Yates (USFWS), Sabina Mastrolonardo (Manitoba Conservation), Delaney Brooks (CWS), Robert Buss (CWS), Darin Walker (CWS), Garth Ball (CWS), Marc Schuster (CWS), Jim Leafloor (CWS). Missing: Ron Bazin (CWS). Photo Credit: Marc Shuster, CWS.

Semi-permanent wetland on the Yorkton transect. Note the water level has drawn down. Photo Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS.

Semi-permanent wetland on the Yorkton transect. Note the water level has drawn down. Photo Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS.

Greeting Sarah Yates and Jeff Drahota on the Browning transect. Photo Credit: Garth Ball, CWS.

Greeting Sarah Yates and Jeff Drahota on the Browning transect. Photo Credit: Garth Ball, CWS.

Not a condition seen very often -  a dry semi-permanent wetland on the Browning transect, southeastern Saskatchewan. Photo Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS.

Not a condition seen very often - a dry semi-permanent wetland on the Browning transect, southeastern Saskatchewan. Photo Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS.