Preparing to Head North

Written by Stephen D. Earsom
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Photo of Stephen D. Earsom.The Eastern Ontario crew (Steve Earsom and Carl Ferguson) has tested all its survey equipment, filed the necessary paperwork, and is now waiting for weather to clear before we head north in our Partenavia aircraft. The Partenavia is popular as a survey aircraft because it has excellent visibility, good handling at our survey speed of 90 knots, and long-range fuel tanks that are critical to completing flight legs that can last several hours. Once we arrive in Canada, we will spend a couple of days doing reconnaissance and refreshing our waterfowl ID skills. We hope to start surveys in the southern part of Ontario around Saturday.

The Eastern Ontario crew's Partenavia aircraft, prepped to hit the skies in just a few days to begin surveying waterfowl.

The Eastern Ontario crew's Partenavia aircraft, prepped to hit the skies in just a few days to begin surveying waterfowl. Photo by Stephen D. Earsom, USFWS