Alberta Survey Crew Ready For Lift-off

Written by Jim Bredy
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Photo of Jim Bredy.Hello from Albuquerque, NM! We had our annual migratory bird survey planning meeting the beginning of the month, and most of us are "in full swing" preparing for our departure for the May waterfowl surveys. It is hard to believe that, weather permitting, I will be back in Alberta in less than 2 weeks. The northward waterfowl migration is well under way. According to Canada drought watch, it appears that far Southern Alberta received some good precipitation. However, it appears that central portions east of Red Deer are still affected by drought conditions. That could still change if we receive late spring precipitation. Reports are still indicating some snow cover in portions of Southern Alberta. Hopefully, if the temperatures can remain in the mid teens (Celsius), the snow will melt fast, and provide more ponds for nesting waterfowl. Last year, there were a series of late spring storms that recharged some of the wetland basins in far southern Alberta. However, that precipitation came too late for the early migrating waterfowl, and we thus noticed a lot of vacant ponds. I will keep you updated as to the actual conditions when we start surveying, hopefully by the end of the first week in May. Until then, I hope you are enjoying a great spring, and are getting out to enjoy all that our great outdoors have to offer!

Waterfowl Survey team assembles prior to the 2011 season: Front row:  Sheldon Mixon, Phil Thorpe, Jim Wortham, Mark Koneff. Middle row:  Rob Spangler, Jim Bredy, Thom Lewis. Back row:  Steve Earsom, Fred Roetker, Terry Liddick, Walt Rhodes

Waterfowl Survey team assembles prior to the 2011 season: Front row: Sheldon Mixon, Phil Thorpe, Jim Wortham, Mark Koneff. Middle row: Rob Spangler, Jim Bredy, Thom Lewis. Back row: Steve Earsom, Fred Roetker, Terry Liddick, Walt Rhodes Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service