The survey continues to the Tundra

Written by Ed Mallek
Friday, May 29, 2009

Today we arrived at Bethel, Alaska. We surveyed from Fairbanks to McGrath to King Salmon to Bethel over a period of 5 days. We encountered heavy flooding in the Innoko River survey area. This area floods often in the spring and occasionally in the fall. The extensive flooding may have caused decreased waterfowl densities and production in the area in the short term, but helps maintain good waterfowl habitat for the long term. We encountered one wildfire en route from McGrath to King Salmon. We had to discontinue the survey for about one mile while we flew around the fire. The survey around King Salmon (Bristol Bay) was conducted under good weather. Overall, water conditions and bird densities (with the exception of Innoko) were average to slightly below average.