Made It To Regina

Written by Phil Thorpe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Photo of Phil Thorpe.I arrived in Regina after a 2-hour flight from Miles City, MT, where I fueled and took a break after my 3-hour flight from Denver. The wetland conditions in northern Montana and into Saskatchewan are incredible. Every available basin is full and most are flooding out of their basins. Many areas between Estevan and Regina are flooded, with roads and agriculture fields under water. It will be a bad year for many of the farmers across the prairies, and current reports are that many fields will not get planted. The rising water could present problems for early nesting waterfowl and could result in flooded nests, but many of these early nesters, such as mallards and pintails, will re-nest.

Excellent conditions along the border.  Waterfowl Production Areas in NE Montana were looking great this year.

Excellent conditions along the border. Waterfowl Production Areas in NE Montana were looking great this year. Photo by Phil Thorpe, USFWS