2012 Survey Finished—Ended with a Fizzle

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Written by Rob Spangler
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Rob SpanglerWe have now completed the 2012 Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan BPOP survey, and were rewarded with mostly good weather. Most days were eat, sleep and fly; eat, sleep and fly—and then try to keep up with data and computer issues that cropped up along the way. One day we put on over 1,100 miles, covering a diverse array of habitat. Unfortunately, instead of finishing the survey with a bang, we ended with a fizzle. Our last two strata, 37 and 38, were the driest with only 15-25% of the basins wet. The areas west of Lake Winnipeg will likely suffer the most with a prediction of poor waterfowl production.