Southern Saskatchewan Complete

Written by Jean-Michel DeVink
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Photo of Jean-Michel DeVink.The Saskatchewan ground crews finished our last transects in the south today out of Swift Current and Regina. After this morning, we head north to work several transects out of Saskatoon. The south has been interesting, with many areas a bit dryer than last year, but some areas with really good moisture. The ducks are in the south in good numbers and the water is there to provide good nesting conditions, but not quite at the same levels as last year. There also isn’t quite as much moisture in the fields to prevent seeding in large areas, which provides good nesting cover for ducks, but we should still see a good nesting effort in southern Saskatchewan.

Ground crew member Steve Leach runs out to the edge of the transect to check water conditions and occupancy of a pond.

Ground crew member Steve Leach runs out to the edge of the transect to check water conditions and occupancy of a pond. Photo by Jean-Michel DeVink, CWS

A Common Snipe perched on a fence post calls to all potential competitors, indicating that this is his territory.

A Common Snipe perched on a fence post calls to all potential competitors, indicating that this is his territory. Photo by Jean-Michel DeVink, CWS