Wrapping Up the Maritimes Tomorrow

Written by Mark Koneff
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Photo of Mark Koneff.A couple of rainy, foggy days behind us and we are enjoying uncharacteristically nice spring weather across the Maritime Provinces. We completed New Brunswick a couple of days ago. Overall the province was considerably wetter than Maine just to the south. New Brunswick entered the winter with greater soil moisture and the snow melt has recharged wetlands across the province. In the higher elevations in the northwest, considerable snow remains in the woods. Today we completed Prince Edward Island. PEI is a very scenic island with tidy farms and serene, coastal villages. The last remnants of snow were melting off the potato fields leaving considerable temporary sheet water. The red soil of the island always reminds me of farm fields of my boyhood home of southcentral PA, though I think the PEI soils are a more intense red. Following PEI, we completed the Cape Breton region of Nova Scotia as well as all lines north of Halifax. Duck counts across the region seem fairly normal. Tomorrow looks to be another splendid weather day and we plan to finish Nova Scotia and return to Bangor, ME, where N769 will undergo a mandatory inspection. Once that is complete we’ll return north to finish up Newfoundland and Labrador and we’ll check in from there.

Still snow in the highlands of northwestern New Brunswick. Ongoing snowmelt has left wetlands in good condition.  Credit: M. Koneff

Still snow in the highlands of northwestern New Brunswick. Ongoing snowmelt has left wetlands in good condition. Credit: M. Koneff

New Brunswick coast of the Bay of Fundy north of St. John. Credit: M. Koneff, USFWS

New Brunswick coast of the Bay of Fundy north of St. John. Credit: M. Koneff, USFWS

Coast marsh managed for hay in Cumberland Basin at the head of the Bay of Fundy.  Credit: M. Koneff, USFWS

Coast marsh managed for hay in Cumberland Basin at the head of the Bay of Fundy. Credit: M. Koneff, USFWS

Rapidly eroding island in Minas Basin, Nova Scotia.  Credit: M. Koneff, USFWS

Rapidly eroding island in Minas Basin, Nova Scotia. Credit: M. Koneff, USFWS

West coast of PEI.  Credit:  M. Koneff, USFWS

West coast of PEI. Credit: M. Koneff, USFWS

Mussel aquaculture on the north shore of PEI. Credit:  M. Koneff, USFWS

Mussel aquaculture on the north shore of PEI. Credit: M. Koneff, USFWS

Tail end of the snow melt on PEI leaves the potato fields with temporary water.  Credit:  M. Koneff, USFWS

Tail end of the snow melt on PEI leaves the potato fields with temporary water. Credit: M. Koneff, USFWS

PEI East Coast.  Credit:  B. Rogers, USFWS

PEI East Coast. Credit: B. Rogers, USFWS