Southern Manitoba

Written by Karen Bollinger
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Karen BollingerWith the survey finished, we departed Brandon this morning. Our send-off from Brandon was amidst clear skies and light winds – a beautiful day to fly! After clearing customs in Grand Forks, North Dakota, we ferried the plane back to Fleming Field, South St Paul, Minnesota – where we had first started our sojourn in early May. After checking in with the guys at WipAire, we departed Minnesota via commercial airlines en route back to our home bases in Alaska.

Many thanks to Maple Leaf Aviation for the maintenance support and friendship that helped to make completion of this survey a success!

2011 was a great year to fly this crew area! As our ground crew leader Marc Schuster has reported, water conditions overall were excellent; and as a result, many segments kept us busy counting the ducks. Only time will tell how the final numbers turn out, but it should be a good year for ducks in this crew area!

Assiniboine River, Brandon, Manitoba – receding – 24 May 2011.

Assiniboine River, Brandon, Manitoba – receding – 24 May 2011. Photo by Rob Spangler, USFWS