On the homestretch: one flying day left

Written by Phil Thorpe
Sunday, May 23, 2010

Photo of Phil Thorpe.We finished two days of flying in the eastern parkland stratum before a powerful low pressure system moved in and shut us down today. The ground crew was also stopped today and they will only have tomorrow to complete what we flew on Saturday. The survey protocol allows the ground crew to complete the air-ground segment up to 2 days after we fly it. If they don’t complete it within 2 days, we have to refly the segment again. The CWS ground crew works under the same constraints that we work under; that is, they have to complete the work by noon and cannot survey if winds are over 25 mph. The winds were gusting to 55 mph this morning, so it was an easy decision to call off surveying for the day. We currently only have one more flying day left to complete the survey and the ground crew has 2 more days. With one day left and 3 weeks of work behind us, it’s hard not to start thinking about getting home. However, weather happens and doesn’t care about when we get home, so we just try to think calm and sunny thoughts.

Good conditions near Prince Albert. A wetland that once was smaller with willows ringing it, now is flooded out of the willows.

Good conditions near Prince Albert. A wetland that once was smaller with willows ringing it, now is flooded out of the willows.
Credit: P. Thorpe (USFWS)

Better wetland conditions in the eastern parklands

Better wetland conditions in the eastern parklands Credit: P. Thorpe (USFWS)

Good to Excellent wetland conditions northeast of Saskatoon.

Good to Excellent wetland conditions northeast of Saskatoon.
Credit: P. Thorpe (USFWS)