Eastern Dakotas Ground Crew Making Good Progress

Written by Kammie Kruse
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Photo of Kammie Kruse.The ground crew for the Eastern Dakotas crew area is off and running. We have one more transect to go in South Dakota and then we move on to North Dakota. I (Kammie Kruse, Wildlife Biologist with the Central Flyway in Denver, CO), am returning for my 11th survey on the Eastern Dakotas ground crew. I am joined this year by Joe Sands (Wildlife Biologist, Portland OR), James Hoskins (Biological Technician, Buffalo Lakes NWR, Texas) and Terry Quesinberry (Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Pierre, SD). Due to the late spring winter storms, the survey got a later start than expected, because cold weather and snow in the Dakotas and Canada delayed the spring migration. My first impression is that the wet conditions we have been experiencing the past few years seems to be tilting toward much drier conditions this year. Let's hope the habitat conditions are better in North Dakota.

From left to right: Terry Quesinberry, Kammie Kruse, Joe Sands, James Hoskins.

From left to right: Terry Quesinberry, Kammie Kruse, Joe Sands, James Hoskins. Photo by Kammie Kruse, US FWS

Diving ducks in South Dakota, 2013.

Diving ducks in South Dakota, 2013. Photo by Kammie Kruse, US FWS

Wood ducks sneaking through the grass, must be looking for some trees, Mansfield AG, South Dakota.

Wood ducks sneaking through the grass, must be looking for some trees, Mansfield AG, South Dakota. Photo by Kammie Kruse, US FWS