“Survey System in a Box” Working: Habitat Looks Good

Written by Thom Lewis
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thom LewisWe flew from Nashville, TN to Ottawa, ON, Canada on 9 May after loading our gear and setting up the survey program in John’s plane. So far, the system is working well. John did some recon of the flooding along the Mississippi River on our way north. After a long day and a comfortable night’s sleep, we got started on 10 May and covered some diverse habitats. Much of the area in Stratum 53 is farmland interspersed with woodlands. The waterfowl habitat consists of small farm ponds, creek drainage wetlands and some larger wetlands along the larger rivers. Stratum 56 includes farmlands and wetlands along the St. Lawrence River and hilly terrain with beaver drainages and small lakes. Both Stratum 53 and 56 appear to have plenty of water in all wetland types and waterfowl will have ample habitat for breeding and rearing young.

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Our "Survey System In A Box" records and georeferences all our survey observations. Photo by Thomas Lewis, US FWS

John needed to recon the flooding in Memphis to help plan his workload upon his return.

John needed to recon the flooding in Memphis to help plan his workload upon his return. Photo by Thomas Lewis, US FWS

This full wetland in good condition was the rule for the southern portions of our survey strata.

This full wetland in good condition was the rule for the southern portions of our survey strata. Photo by Thomas Lewis, US FWS

The St. Lawrence River had some flooding and was another indication that the survey area had received ample precipitation.  Large numbers of snow gees were staging in the valley before heading to the breeding grounds to the north.

The St. Lawrence River had some flooding and was another indication that the survey area had received ample precipitation. Large numbers of snow gees were staging in the valley before heading to the breeding grounds to the north. Photo by Thomas Lewis, US FWS