Weather is Slowing Us Down

Written by Mark Koneff
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Photo of Mark Koneff.Two weeks into the survey and we’re already a week behind schedule in the Maine and Atlantic Canada crew area. We managed to finish Maine and begin surveying in New Brunswick yesterday, but we’re down today in Fredericton for rain and low ceilings, and we’re facing the possibility of another low pressure system stalling over the region. It’s looking now like we’ll be grounded at least through Tuesday and perhaps longer. It’s been a cool and wet spring across Maine and the Maritime provinces so far, and there’s no sign of that changing over the next week. In fact, Bathurst, New Brunswick, has recorded more rainfall in the past 2 weeks than any other town in Canada!

In Maine, habitat conditions were good and populations of many species appeared to be similar to last year; however, the black duck count was up from 2010. Conditions look good in general in New Brunswick. The cool, wet spring has contributed to a gradual break-up and snow melt, and has minimized flooding that can impact production. Here’s hopin’ for a peak of sunshine…

Leaves just beginning to pop in southern Maine.

Leaves just beginning to pop in southern Maine. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

A typical bog in mid-coastal Maine.

A typical bog in mid-coastal Maine. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Thin advection fog begins to form along the Maine coast.

Thin advection fog begins to form along the Maine coast. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

The performance of the PT6A-34 turbine engine in N769 comes in handy in the moutainous terrain of western Maine.

The performance of the PT6A-34 turbine engine in N769 comes in handy in the moutainous terrain of western Maine. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

This is the computer used to record data during the survey.

This is the computer used to record data during the survey. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Beaver flowage.

Beaver flowage. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Newly erected wind turbines dotted the landscape east of Bangor.

Newly erected wind turbines dotted the landscape east of Bangor. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Puttin' a dent in the black fly population on a beautiful day to fly in Maine.

Puttin' a dent in the black fly population on a beautiful day to fly in Maine. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

The view ahead as we approach the western face of Mt. Katahdin.

The view ahead as we approach the western face of Mt. Katahdin. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

This is the summit of Mt. Katahdin, which is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

This is the summit of Mt. Katahdin, which is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)

Its been a cool, wet, and gray spring so far in New Brunswick and the rest of the Maritime Provinces. No leaves making an appearance up here yet.

Its been a cool, wet, and gray spring so far in New Brunswick and the rest of the Maritime Provinces. No leaves making an appearance up here yet. Photo by J. Bidwell, US FWS (retired)