Survey of Southern and Central Alberta begins

Written by Jim Bredy
Friday, May 08, 2009

Jim Bredy

Dave Fronczak and I departed Calgary today to begin the 2009 survey of Southern and Central Alberta. I flew this survey for 8 years in the late 80s and early 90s It feels good to be back. The feeling is similar to making connections with an old friend that you haven't seen in awhile.  Today we flew south out of Calgary toward the U.S. border. Water and habitat conditions looked good in the southwest end of the prairies. However, there was a late April/early May snow storm that appeared to delay migration slightly. As we continued our flight, the central to southeast portion of the prairies looked fair to poor.

Dry wetland basin in the Oyen Air Ground.  Northwest of Empress, Alberta.  Photo by Garnet Raven (CWS).

Good wetland and upland habitat conditions near Pincher Creek in southwest Alberta.  Photo by Dave Fronczak (FWS).

FWS Partenavia aircraft flying the May Waterfowl BPOP survey.  Walsh Air Ground near Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Photo by Garnet Raven (CWS).

Good wetland, with poor upland habitat conditions near Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Photo by Dave Fronczak (FWS).

Results of a late April/early May snow storm.  Good wetland and upland habitat conditions on the Milk River Ridge, near Lethbridge, Alberta.  Photo by Dave Fronczak (FWS).