Great Way to Spend Your Time

Written by Brad Rogers
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Photo of Brad Rogers.After 3 days in Charlottetown due to a low pressure system stalled out over Newfoundland, we are finally in the air again. We had a great flight from Charlottetown, PEI, over to Stephenville, Newfoundland, yesterday, covering 245 miles in 1.6 hours, thanks to an awesome tail wind. As of today, we have completed four of the Stratum 66 survey lines across Newfoundland. There’s lots of water in the ponds and bogs with the snow that has recently melted. We’re also seeing some lingering ice on the mountain lakes. Saw my first, second, and twentieth woodland caribou today, along with a black bear and quite a few moose.

Our surveys are quickly wrapping up and I look forward to returning to Wyoming and family. This has been a great detail. I have always had an interest in waterfowl and love to fly. As a kid I hunted black ducks and mallards on the lower Connecticut River. During my wildlife career I have been fortunate enough to have tracked radioed ducks in New Jersey, Vermont and Quebec, banded ducks in Wyoming and Saskatchewan and participated in the Central Flyway Wingbee. I have known about the Migratory Bird Program’s Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey, but never thought I would get the opportunity to participate in it. If you have an interest in waterfowl and enjoy flying I cannot think of a better way to spend a month of your time.