Better Late Than Never!

Written by Jean-Michel DeVink
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Photo of Jean-Michel DeVink.We’re into our second day of the ground surveys in Southern Saskatchewan after a one-week delay from normal to account for the very late spring melt this year. It’s the complete opposite from what occurred last year and our very early start. On Day 1, we ground-truthed our southwestern transects, which were looking fairly decent with water in many ponds, but others being dry. We saw fairly decent numbers of birds in the southwest. Day 1 is always interesting as we get our minds and legs back into survey mode and test out the greenhorns. Conditions in the southwest were ahead of the rest of the province, with leaves already out on most trees. Farmers are also a bit ahead of the rest of the province, with seeders going full tilt.

A seeder being prepared early in the morning for a full day’s work.  Farmers know to make hay while the sun shines…

A seeder being prepared early in the morning for a full day’s work. Farmers know to make hay while the sun shines… Photo by Jean-Michel DeVink, CWS