Arriving in South Dakota

Written by Rob Spangler
Thursday, May 01, 2014

Rob SpanglerWe’ve packed N705 and are headed to Pierre, South Dakota to start our survey. This year I have Brenda Kelly as my observer, a very experienced waterfowl biologist and aerial observer from Wisconsin. I am happy to have her in the air with me. As we pass over Colorado and Nebraska things look pretty dry, but we are pleasantly surprised by South Dakota. Recent rains have given things a boost and filled wetlands just in time. From this quick look, conditions appear better than last year.

Recent rains have helped to fill wetlands.

Recent rains have helped to fill wetlands. Photo by Brenda Kelly, USFWS

Conditions look better than last year.

Conditions look better than last year. Photo by Brenda Kelly, USFWS