Meet Me in Mitchell

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Written by Terry Liddick
Saturday, May 03, 2014

Terry LiddickThe Eastern Dakota’s survey crew met in Mitchell, SD, today to prepare for the 2014 Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey. Dave Fronczak will be my observer again, and this makes the fourth consecutive year he and I have been the air crew for this segment of the survey. The ground crew is once again led by Kammie Kruse and her crew consists of Stephen LeJeune from TX, Mike Nelson from Kansas and Faye Healy from Oregon. This past winter had below-average temperatures and above-average snowfall in much of our crew area, but May is starting out near normal. The vegetation seems a few weeks behind normal, but early indications suggest that the waterfowl are here and the species composition and breeding phenology looks good.