Western South and North Dakota Complete

Written by Rob Spangler
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rob SpanglerWe have finished our work in the Dakotas (Strata 43 and 44) and conditions look good there overall. Most reservoirs, dug outs, and natural wetlands that were dry or low last year are full with sheet water present in some areas. We found some of the best habitat conditions on the eastern portion of our transect lines in and around Bismarck and Garrison. Although analysis of the data has not been complete, numbers of birds appear to be higher this year and the conditions look promising for waterfowl in the Dakotas this spring.

The 2014 Western Dakotas and Eastern Montana aerial crew: Brenda Kelly, left and Rob Spangler, right.

The 2014 Western Dakotas and Eastern Montana aerial crew: Brenda Kelly, left and Rob Spangler, right. Photo by Brenda Kelly, USFWS

Good habitat near Bismarck, North Dakota.

Good habitat near Bismarck, North Dakota. Photo by Brenda Kelly, USFWS

Another example of good habitat observed in North Dakota.

Another example of good habitat observed in North Dakota. Photo by Brenda Kelly, USFWS