Surveys Begin in Newfoundland

Written by John Bidwell and Rob Spangler
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photo of John Bidwell.The 100-hr inspection and typical maritime weather delayed the survey for six days. Finally on May 19 we were rewarded with good weather to cross the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Newfoundland. The weather was perfect as we made our way across the south shore, surveying the numerous small ponds and lakes of the rugged and barren landscape. Evidence of the early Spring continues as we move north. Normally, there is quite a bit of snow and ice in this area, but not this year. Additionally, we have observed groups of scaup, ringnecks, and Canada geese that are indicative of the early Spring. Overall, water conditions and habitat availability are good to excellent. There are still two days of surveying to complete Newfoundland, but weather continues to challenge us. Even on good weather days, the wind has made the ride fairly bumpy. Watch the short video clip for a sample.

Complete lack of ice and little snow this Spring. This is unusual for May in the upper elevations of Newfoundland.(Credit:  R. Spangler, USFWS)

Complete lack of ice and little snow this Spring. This is unusual for May in the upper elevations of Newfoundland. Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS

The rocky south coastline of Newfoundland.(Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS)

The rocky south coastline of Newfoundland. Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS

Wetlands of West Newfoundland. (Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS)

Wetlands of West Newfoundland. Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS

The many rocky ponds of interior Newfoundland. (Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS)

The many rocky ponds of interior Newfoundland. Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS

The bare wetlands of interior Newfoundland. (Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS)

The bare wetlands of interior Newfoundland. Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS

The barren, rocky glacier carved ponds and lakes of  Newfoundlands South coast. (Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS)

The barren, rocky glacier carved ponds and lakes of Newfoundlands South coast. Credit: R. Spangler, USFWS