Maine and the Maritimes Completed

Written by Mark Koneff
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Photo of Mark Koneff.We completed Nova Scotia today and returned to Bangor, Maine, for a scheduled inspection of N769, the Quest Kodiak we are using on survey. With that, we’ve finished Maine and the Maritimes with only Newfoundland and Labrador remaining. We’ll depart for Newfoundland following the inspection. The portion of the crew area that we just completed experienced a relatively warm and dry winter and early spring. Snow totals were below normal and warm temperatures in early spring contributed to an early snow melt and ice-out. Waterfowl breeding phenology was somewhat earlier than normal throughout Maine and the Maritimes. Lack of snow or early spring precipitation resulted in low flows on rivers and streams in Maine and drier wetland conditions until heavy rains recharged wetlands and streams in late April. Exceptions were extreme northern Maine and northwestern New Brunswick, which did not receive as much late April rainfall as other areas. At the time we were surveying, habitats in most areas in Maine and the Maritimes were classified as good, and I’d expect a strong breeding effort and good success if favorable conditions persist through the brood-rearing period.

New Brunswick coastline plunges steeply to the Bay of Fundy at Fundy National Park.

New Brunswick coastline plunges steeply to the Bay of Fundy at Fundy National Park. Photo by M. Koneff, US FWS

Chignecto Bay (northern Bay of Fundy) waters are perpetually silty owing to the extreme tidal range.

Chignecto Bay (northern Bay of Fundy) waters are perpetually silty owing to the extreme tidal range. Photo by M. Koneff, US FWS

Scenic Cape Breton Highlands.

Scenic Cape Breton Highlands. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Steeply sloped, slick, muddy banks of the tidal Shubenacadie River near Truro offer adventurer's great 'mud sliding' opportunities as well as some great scenery.

Steeply sloped, slick, muddy banks of the tidal Shubenacadie River near Truro offer adventurer's great 'mud sliding' opportunities as well as some great scenery. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Salmon aquaculture pens of the coast of Nova Scotia have become a source of controversy among some environmental groups and industry proponents.

Salmon aquaculture pens of the coast of Nova Scotia have become a source of controversy among some environmental groups and industry proponents. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Tidy red farmlands of Prince Edward Island.

Tidy red farmlands of Prince Edward Island. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

N769 casts a shadow on final approach to Halifax International Airport.

N769 casts a shadow on final approach to Halifax International Airport. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Coastal fog along the west shore of Cape Breton Island.

Coastal fog along the west shore of Cape Breton Island. Photo by M. Koneff, US FWS