Time to Survey the Atlantic Provinces

Written by Mark Koneff
Monday, May 02, 2011

Photo of Mark Koneff.As with much of the north, spring was a bit tardy in Maine and parts of eastern Canada this year. While cool temperatures continue throughout the region, most of Maine and the eastern Maritime Provinces are now snow and ice free, and the breeding activities of the mallards, black ducks, and wood ducks in the stream flowing through my back yard indicate that its time to launch on another breeding population survey. My observer this year is John Bidwell, recently retired USFWS pilot-biologist and the former crew leader for our survey region. John's advice and assistance will be invaluable this year as I transition from eastern and northern Ontario, which has been my crew area for most of the past decade. This past winter was cold and snowy for Maine and the Maritime Provinces. Water levels are high and some local flooding is evident following the winter melt, but thus far conditions appear favorable for waterfowl production in this region.

Survey aircraft this year will be a Quest Kodiak 100.  On left, retired pilot-biologist, John Bidwell.  On right, pilot-biologist, Mark Koneff.

Survey aircraft this year will be a Quest Kodiak 100. On left, retired pilot-biologist, John Bidwell. On right, pilot-biologist, Mark Koneff. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)
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