Southern Saskatchewan survey begins!

Written by Phil Thorpe
Friday, May 07, 2010

Photo of Phil Thorpe. We flew our first transects today. Morning fog over the Missouri Coteau prevented us from flying our initially planned route, but with some quick in-flight planning we were able to move to other transect lines and complete a full morning of surveying. Sheetwater was abundant across the southern grasslands and ducks appeared to be settled into the area.

Sheetwater recently formed by rain and snow in late April and early May.  Sheetwater is used by pintails and other species to find invertebrates needed for protein, which is used in egg development.

Sheetwater recently formed by rain and snow in late April and early May. Sheetwater is used by pintails and other species to find invertebrates needed for protein, which is used in egg development. Credit: P. Thorpe (USFWS)

Good water conditions. The outside black stripe on the strut is what I use as a guide for survey transect width.  The inside stripe was used during our old July production survey.

Good water conditions. The outside black stripe on the strut is what I use as a guide for survey transect width. The inside stripe was used during our old July production survey. Credit: P. Thorpe (USFWS)

See what the pilot and observer see from the cockpit!