Spring Snow Slows Crew

Written by Walt Rhodes
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Photo of Walt Rhodes.What a difference 12 hours makes. After surveying under perfect conditions for 4 days, nearly 5 inches of snow greeted us this morning. After we finished our last line yesterday, we could see the weather moving in and 2 hours later it was snowing. Despite the return of winter weather, all of the small wetlands and the margins of all lakes are ice free. Some of the larger lakes still have ice in the main body of water, especially to the east near Flin Flon, Manitoba. Buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, mallards and scaup are the most dominant species observed with smaller numbers of mergansers, green-winged teal and goldeneyes. Once the weather breaks, we will continue to move north through Saskatchewan towards Lake Athabasca before shifting east to N. Manitoba. The influence of Hudson Bay causes spring to arrive later in N. Manitoba.

Just north of Pelican Narrows, SK, the habitat is comprised of deep, rocky lakes fringed with wetlands and beaver ponds. Photo by Walt Rhodes (USFWS).

Large lakes are well on their way to opening up, offering arriving waterfowl habitat along the margins. Suggi Lake southwest of Flin Flon, MB. Photo by Walt Rhodes (USFWS).

A spring snow storm stalls crew in La Ronge, SK. Photo by Walt Rhodes (USFWS).