The Weather Caught Up To Us

Written by Garnet Raven
Friday, May 16, 2014

Photo of Garnet Raven.The Alberta ground survey crew has been able to complete stratum 29, 28, and 27 in southern Alberta and have started on stratum 26. Weather has cooperated up until now, allowing our pilot Jim Bredy and observer Joe Sands to stay ahead of us. That changed today and some low clouds, wind and rain has prevented them from flying any air-ground transects this morning. I guess it was bound to happen. Spring weather in Alberta is never predictable and we really can’t complain.

Conditions in stratum 27 were slightly dryer than last year, but duck numbers have been high. We’ve been seeing many wetlands packed with ducks. We started surveying stratum 26 yesterday and that trend seems to be continuing into the parklands. All indications are that the rest of the parklands will have good conditions and plenty of birds. Hopefully, we can get some better weather over the next few days and finish the survey early next week.

Dabblers on the Bow Island transect in stratum 29.

Dabblers on the Bow Island transect in stratum 29. Credit: Michelle Chupik, Canadian Wildlife Service

A mix of waterfowl on a wetland along the Vulcan transect in stratum 28.

A mix of waterfowl on a wetland along the Vulcan transect in stratum 28. Credit: Michelle Chupik, Canadian Wildlife Service

A moose spotted near the Greenglade transect in stratum 26.

A moose spotted near the Greenglade transect in stratum 26. Credit: Murray Gillespie, Ducks Unlimited Canada

Seasonal wetlands on the Hanna transect in stratum 27.

Seasonal wetlands on the Hanna transect in stratum 27. Credit: Murray Gillespie, Ducks Unlimited Canada

A flooded dugout on the Spondin transect in stratum 27.

A flooded dugout on the Spondin transect in stratum 27. Credit: Murray Gillespie, Ducks Unlimited Canada

A ditch full of ducks on the Spondin transect in stratum 27.

A ditch full of ducks on the Spondin transect in stratum 27. Credit: Murray Gillespie, Ducks Unlimited Canada