Work in Manitoba

Written by Phil Thorpe
Friday, May 24, 2013

Photo of Phil Thorpe.We started the morning by flying two air-ground comparison segments in Saskatchewan to keep our ground crew moving. We then stopped for fuel in Yorkton, and headed over to Manitoba to complete a stratum to help get the Manitoba crew one day closer to finishing. When they finish, Sarah Yates will hand over the keys to Fred Roetker so he can fly the Cessna 206 amphibian float plane up to the Northwest Territories and work on getting that survey area competed.

It’s always nice to fly different habitat, and the Manitoba stratum that we flew is much different than the Saskatchewan prairies. It’s characterized by larger lakes and a mix of both prairie and boreal species of ducks and vegetation. Flying over the trees, even with a little wind, can get rough because of the mechanical turbulence that is created by the wind flowing over the tree tops. The wind was only 10-15 mph, but Stephen and I got bounced around for 2.5 hours during the survey. We were happy to complete the last segment and climb to higher, smoother air.

Large lakes and somewhat pristine habitat provided a nice break from the heavily managed prairies of southern Saskatchewan.

Large lakes and somewhat pristine habitat provided a nice break from the heavily managed prairies of southern Saskatchewan. Photo by Phil Thorpe, USFWS