Manitoba Crew Finishes

Written by Marc Schuster
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Photo of Marc Schuster.After numerous weather days and delays for both the ground and flight crews, the Manitoba ground crew was finally able to finish on Thursday, May 30. Checking back through my records for the past 15 years, there was only one other time when we finished this late. That was on June 1, 2004. That year, a late spring blizzard hampered our efforts -see pictures below from that year. This year, an unusually late spring slowed us down. That being said, habitat conditions were good throughout most of the survey area, with only some slightly drier conditions in the western parts of Stratums 40 and 39. Overall, 2013 appears to be a normal year for water conditions in this part of the survey area. The abnormality came in the weather delays we experienced. Pilot Sarah Yates speaks to that in her posting, but I concur that we are not used to seeing inclement weather hanging around for as long as it did this year. The old saying “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”, certainly didn’t come into play this year!

No surveys today! Major blizzard delayed our surveys in 2004, the only other time we were this late.

No surveys today! Major blizzard delayed our surveys in 2004, the only other time we were this late. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Pond on Boissevain transect the day after the storm in 2004. Lucky this didn’t happen this year!

Pond on Boissevain transect the day after the storm in 2004. Lucky this didn’t happen this year! Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Moose near wooded pond on Riceton transect, Southeast Saskatchewan.

Moose near wooded pond on Riceton transect, Southeast Saskatchewan. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Male northern pintail taking off from a pond on the Inchkeith transect, Southeast Sasktachewan.

Male northern pintail taking off from a pond on the Inchkeith transect, Southeast Sasktachewan. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

Red-tailed hawk near a wooded pond on the Edenwold transect, Southeast Saskatchewan.

Red-tailed hawk near a wooded pond on the Edenwold transect, Southeast Saskatchewan. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

White-fronted geese on the Browning transect, Southeast Saskatchewan.

White-fronted geese on the Browning transect, Southeast Saskatchewan. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service

We come across all kinds of roadblocks while conducting surveys! These locals were on the Penrith transect, Southwest Manitoba.

We come across all kinds of roadblocks while conducting surveys! These locals were on the Penrith transect, Southwest Manitoba. Photo by Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service