Stratum 43 Complete and Conditions Improved Somewhat

Written by Brenday Kelly
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Brenda KellyGreetings from the Treasure State and the Montana/Dakotas aerial crew. We’ve completed North Dakota (Stratum 43) and have made our way to our current base in Lewistown, Montana—located in the geographic center of the state. The rains that occurred during the second week of May in North Dakota recharged the wetlands, and after having completed the western Dakotas and southern transects of Montana, it is apparent that it is definitely drier this year than last year. When not in the air or ground traversing our transects, there is still work to get caught up on from our home stations, but we also take the opportunity to venture out and connect with the beautiful surrounding landscape and visit with the wonderful people that call this area home.

Montana Missouri River breaks near Lewistown, Montana. Photo Credit: Brenda Kelly, USFWS

Montana Missouri River breaks near Lewistown, Montana. Photo Credit: Brenda Kelly, USFWS

Recent rains are helping to fill wetlands in stratum 43 in North Dakota. Photo Credit: Brenda Kelly, USFWS

Recent rains are helping to fill wetlands in stratum 43 in North Dakota. Photo Credit: Brenda Kelly, USFWS

Better conditions near Bismarck, North Dakota. Photo Credit: Rob Spangler, USFWS

Better conditions near Bismarck, North Dakota. Photo Credit: Rob Spangler, USFWS