Newfoundland Completed

Written by Mark Koneff
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Photo of Mark Koneff.We completed the island of Newfoundland today, finishing up with the lines on the spectacularly beautiful northern peninsula. Out of Stephenville, NF, we crossed the rugged table-top mountains of Gros Morne National Park and descended into the coastal plain on the west side of the peninsula. This plain is rich in wetlands and is bordered by the Long Range Mountains running along the east side of the peninsula. We completed these survey lines, landing at St. Anthony, NF, for fuel before proceeding across the Belle Isle Straight to Labrador. We completed several lines in Labrador before stopping at Goose Bay for the evening. In lower elevations in southern Labrador little snow and ice was observed. More snow and ice were observed in higher elevations with some areas still locked in winter. Temperatures have exceeded 20 degrees C the past few days in Goose Bay, however, and the ice is melting quickly. As is typical, we’re seeing scaup, black ducks, Canada geese and other waterfowl in open water fringes and deltas as they await more suitable conditions to being breeding activity.

First iceberg observed of the season...

First iceberg observed of the season... Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Wind-swept fjord on the south coast.

Wind-swept fjord on the south coast. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

White water on a river draining the highlands of the south coast of Newfoundland.

White water on a river draining the highlands of the south coast of Newfoundland. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Desolate peaks of Gros Morne in early morning mist off the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Desolate peaks of Gros Morne in early morning mist off the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Photo by M. Koneff, US FWS

Valley slopes to the coastal plain on the west shore of the Newfoundland northern peninsula.

Valley slopes to the coastal plain on the west shore of the Newfoundland northern peninsula. Photo by M. Koneff, US FWS

Spectacular fjord cuts into the Long Range Mountains on Newfoundland's northern peninsula.

Spectacular fjord cuts into the Long Range Mountains on Newfoundland's northern peninsula. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

Lichen covered forest floor is largely snow-free in lower elevations of southern Labrador.

Lichen covered forest floor is largely snow-free in lower elevations of southern Labrador. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired

More ice and snow cover remaining at higher elevations, left over from the particularly tough 2011-2012 Labrador winter.

More ice and snow cover remaining at higher elevations, left over from the particularly tough 2011-2012 Labrador winter. Photo by H. Obrecht, US FWS, retired