Maine to Manitoba

Written by Sarah Yates
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Sarah YatesSpring came earlier this year and I departed Maine and headed west to Manitoba on April 30th. It was a solo cross country trip this year as my observer, Jeff Drahota, is driving up from Nebraska to meet me in Brandon on the 4th. If all goes well, we’ll start the survey on May 5th. Similar to our winter in Maine, Manitoba has experienced below average precipitation and above average temperatures. This was evident as I crossed the border from Ontario into Manitoba (and boreal forest into prairie) where I saw very little sheet water on the fields and all water bodies are within and below their natural margins. I arrived in Brandon on the 2nd and once settled I’ll take a closer look at habitat conditions and birds on the ground. I’m looking forward to seeing all the ducks in breeding plumage. Happy Spring!

Flying over the north shore of Lake Superior headed west. Photo Credit: Sarah Yates, USFWS

Flying over the north shore of Lake Superior headed west. Photo Credit: Sarah Yates, USFWS

Border of Ontario and Manitoba and the boreal forest and prairie habitats. Photo Credit: Sarah Yates, USFWS

Border of Ontario and Manitoba and the boreal forest and prairie habitats. Photo Credit: Sarah Yates, USFWS

Flying over the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Photo Credit: Sarah Yates, USFWS

Flying over the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Photo Credit: Sarah Yates, USFWS

Hard to see, but Lake Manitoba still has ice on it. Photo Credit: Sarah Yates

Hard to see, but Lake Manitoba still has ice on it. Photo Credit: Sarah Yates