Manitoba ground crew reaches half-way point

Written by Marc Schuster
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Photo of Marc Schuster.After surveying for 9 days, we've seen that habitat conditions in parts of Southwestern and Southeastern Saskatchewan are drier than last year. Many seasonal wetlands are dry or drawn down, but most of the permanent wetlands are still holding water. The area south of Winnipeg received significant rainfall just before the survey started, and that may help some of the seasonal wetlands. The area around Moose Mountain, SK, is especially dry, despite getting up to 3 inches of rain in recent weeks. Further north, many ponds have few waterfowl, despite some reasonably good habitat in the Yorkton area. The recent rains (up to 3.5 inches in early May) were mostly absorbed by the dry ground, but did recharge some of the wetlands. There are, however, some bright spots where we've seen near record numbers of ducks on the ground and good wetland habitat. We remain optimistic that we will see more of that as we head back into Manitoba, surveying the areas north & south of Riding Mountain National Park.

Manitoba Ground Crew: (from l to r) Marc Schuster, Wildlife Technician Canadian Wildlife Service), Darin Walker, Volunteer (Canadian Wildlife Service); Nathanial Astleford, Student Technician (Canadian Wildlife Service); Frank Baldwin, Biologist (Manitoba Conservation); Jenna Black, Student Technician (Canadian Wildlife Service); Murray Gillespie, Volunteer (Manitoba Conservation - retired); Robert Buss, Volunteer (Canadian Wildlife Service); Garth Ball, Biologist (Manitoba Conservation); Joel Ingram, Acting Manager (Canadian Wildlife Service). (Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS)

Manitoba Ground Crew: (from l to r) Marc Schuster, Wildlife Technician Canadian Wildlife Service), Darin Walker, Volunteer (Canadian Wildlife Service); Nathanial Astleford, Student Technician (Canadian Wildlife Service); Frank Baldwin, Biologist (Manitoba Conservation); Jenna Black, Student Technician (Canadian Wildlife Service); Murray Gillespie, Volunteer (Manitoba Conservation - retired); Robert Buss, Volunteer (Canadian Wildlife Service); Garth Ball, Biologist (Manitoba Conservation); Joel Ingram, Acting Manager (Canadian Wildlife Service). Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS

Semi-permanent wetland near Redvers and Fillmore, Saskatchewan. (Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS)

Semi-permanent wetland near Redvers and Fillmore, Saskatchewan. Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS

Semi-permanent wetland near Redvers and Fillmore, Saskatchewan. (Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS)

Semi-permanent wetland near Redvers and Fillmore, Saskatchewan. Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS

Plane flying over MB Airground. (Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS)

Plane flying over MB Airground. Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS

Plane flying over MB Airground. (Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS)

Plane flying over MB Airground. Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS

Permanent Wetland near Last Mountain Lake, SK. (Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS)

Permanent Wetland near Last Mountain Lake, SK. Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS

Seasonal wetland retaining some water after significant rainfall near St. Claude, Manitoba. (Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS)

Seasonal wetland retaining some water after significant rainfall near St. Claude, Manitoba. Credit: Marc Schuster, CWS