Manitoba Ground Crew Wrap-Up

Written by Marc Schuster
Friday, May 27, 2011

Photo of Marc Schuster.Our last day of surveys was Thursday May 26. We finished with good weather, surveying the area near Winnipeg and the Interlake region. This year the surveys took 18 days, including three weather days. Simply put, ponds were up, and so were the ducks!

Since our survey ended, Southern Manitoba has received more precipitation, which means water levels will be even higher than those recorded during the survey. The southwestern part of the province received >60mm above average precipitation during the period May 16 to June 14, 2011, with more on the way. This situation brings about mixed emotions, as we are glad to see how ducks respond to increased water levels, but are saddened as we witness livelihoods, farms, homes and cottages being threatened or destroyed by those same water levels. For example, Lake Manitoba is experiencing record flood levels and there are communities that are still under mandatory evacuation.

Only time will tell what next year bringsā€¦ a happy medium would be nice.

Thirty day departures from average precipitation (Canadian Prairies).

Thirty day departures from average precipitation (Canadian Prairies). Photo by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Pictures detailing the extent of flooding at the University of Manitoba Delta Marsh Field Station on the shore of Lake Manitoba.
Pictures detailing the extent of flooding at the University of Manitoba Delta Marsh Field Station on the shore of Lake Manitoba.
Pictures detailing the extent of flooding at the University of Manitoba Delta Marsh Field Station on the shore of Lake Manitoba.

Pictures detailing the extent of flooding at the University of Manitoba Delta Marsh Field Station on the shore of Lake Manitoba. Photos by G. Goldsborough