Survey of Maine and Eastern Canada Begins

Written by John Bidwell
Monday, May 03, 2010

Photo of John Bidwell.My observer Rob Spangler and I began the Spring Breeding Population Survey on Saturday, May 1st out of Bangor, Maine. Survey conditions were ideal as we finished up the coast and turned inland to work our way North. Spring breakup came very early this year with very warm temperatures and not a hint of ice anywhere but the tops of the highest hills. Although the survey has just begun, we are optimistic that early, but good, nesting conditions will be available throughout Maine and Atlantic Canada. So far observations have been normal and all species appear to be on territory and starting the nesting chronology—the pattern and series of behaviors that are normally displayed during the nesting period.

Coastal Maine showing early leaf-out.(Credit:  J. Bidwell, USFWS)

Coastal Maine showing early leaf-out. Credit: J. Bidwell, USFWS

Typical waterfowl habitat in central Maine. (Credit:  J. Bidwell, USFWS)

Typical waterfowl habitat in central Maine. Credit: J. Bidwell, USFWS

Typical lake habitat in central Maine. (Credit:  J. Bidwell, USFWS)

Typical lake habitat in central Maine. Credit: J. Bidwell, USFWS