Finished in Maine

Written by Mark Koneff
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Photo of Mark Koneff.Despite the pessimistic forecast earlier in the week, we managed to do quite well and completed the Maine portion of this survey on the 7th. The rains we had this week, which were spotty across Maine, really didn’t do a lot to alleviate the low surface water conditions that are the result of low precipitation during the winter and early spring. Wetlands across Maine were drawn down with dryness increasing to the north. A little lingering black ice was observed on higher elevation lakes in far northern Maine. Conditions are not all that dissimilar from last May, and counts of most species were similar to last year.

One advantage to the cooler, drier April and early May has been a delay in the emergence and reduced numbers of black flies, which has been nice. It never lasts though!

Mountain tops obscured by cloud in southwestern, Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Mountain tops obscured by cloud in southwestern, Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Dramatic coastline near Cutler, Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Dramatic coastline near Cutler, Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Drier than normal conditions were observed in many wetlands across Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Drier than normal conditions were observed in many wetlands across Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Good water levels in this emergent, shrub-scrub wetland contrasts with low water levels in many other parts of the state. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Good water levels in this emergent, shrub-scrub wetland contrasts with low water levels in many other parts of the state. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Drying old beaver slough in northern Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Drying old beaver slough in northern Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Moosehead Lake, Maine on a calm afternoon. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Moosehead Lake, Maine on a calm afternoon. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Still a little black ice on higher elevation lakes in northern Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS

Still a little black ice on higher elevation lakes in northern Maine. Photo Credit: Mark Koneff, USFWS