Maine and Atlantic Canada

Finished Nova Scotia

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by Mark Koneff
Sunday, May 22, 2011

Photo of Mark Koneff.On Sunday, May 22, we caught a short break in the rather miserable weather that’s been the rule for May in the Maritimes and finished Nova Scotia. After a short 1-hour flight across the Bay of Fundy, we were back at Bangor, Maine, for an annual inspection on N769. We’ll be down a few days, then heading north to Newfoundland and Labrador to conclude the survey.

Flying Again

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by Mark Koneff
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Photo of Mark Koneff.After 5 days of rain in Fredericton, NB, we started flying again on Wednesday, May 18, completing New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. We returned to Fredericton only to be grounded until noon again on May 19 by typical Maritime fog. On May 19, we completed northern Nova Scotia and spent the night in Halifax, NS. Looks like fog and rain again for 2 days now. We hope to complete Nova Scotia on Sunday at the latest and return to Bangor, ME, for several days to complete a mandatory annual inspection on the aircraft. Then it’ll be off to Newfoundland and Labrador to complete the survey. In general, the Maritimes are wet and conditions currently look good. A break from the rain and some warmer temperatures during the upcoming brood rearing period will increase recruitment.

Atlantic Canada Remains Soggy!

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by Mark Koneff
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Photo of Mark Koneff.We’ve been stuck in Fredericton now for 3 days and this morning’s updated forecast shows only 2 marginal flying days over the upcoming week and nothing looking good for the next 3 days. This is classic Maritime spring weather, with an entrenched High pressure system off the US mid-Atlantic Coast and a stalled Low pressure system off the Maritimes. The counter-clockwise flow of the Low and the Clockwise flow of the High are joining forces to pump moisture into the northeast US and Maritime Provinces. Here’s hoping something will give soon…

Weather is Slowing Us Down

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by Mark Koneff
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Photo of Mark Koneff.Two weeks into the survey and we’re already a week behind schedule in the Maine and Atlantic Canada crew area. We managed to finish Maine and begin surveying in New Brunswick yesterday, but we’re down today in Fredericton for rain and low ceilings, and we’re facing the possibility of another low pressure system stalling over the region. It’s looking now like we’ll be grounded at least through Tuesday and perhaps longer. It’s been a cool and wet spring across Maine and the Maritime provinces so far, and there’s no sign of that changing over the next week. In fact, Bathurst, New Brunswick, has recorded more rainfall in the past 2 weeks than any other town in Canada!

Time to Survey the Atlantic Provinces

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by Mark Koneff
Monday, May 02, 2011

Photo of Mark Koneff.As with much of the north, spring was a bit tardy in Maine and parts of eastern Canada this year. While cool temperatures continue throughout the region, most of Maine and the eastern Maritime Provinces are now snow and ice free, and the breeding activities of the mallards, black ducks, and wood ducks in the stream flowing through my back yard indicate that its time to launch on another breeding population survey. My observer this year is John Bidwell, recently retired USFWS pilot-biologist and the former crew leader for our survey region. John's advice and assistance will be invaluable this year as I transition from eastern and northern Ontario, which has been my crew area for most of the past decade. This past winter was cold and snowy for Maine and the Maritime Provinces. Water levels are high and some local flooding is evident following the winter melt, but thus far conditions appear favorable for waterfowl production in this region.

Atlantic Crew Finishes 2010 Survey

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by John Bidwell
Saturday, May 29, 2010

Photo of John Bidwell.Rob Spangler and I completed the 2010 Atlantic crew area survey on May 29. Rob arrived in Bangor, Maine, on April 26 in anticipation of an early survey start. Spring was advanced at least three weeks in Maine and the Maritime Provinces, so plans and preparations were made to start the last week of April. Weather, however, did not cooperate and our start was delayed until May 1. I took that opportunity to give Rob a thorough orientation and briefing about the crew area, aircraft and survey procedures.

Surveys Begin in Newfoundland

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by John Bidwell and Rob Spangler
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photo of John Bidwell.The 100-hr inspection and typical maritime weather delayed the survey for six days. Finally on May 19 we were rewarded with good weather to cross the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Newfoundland.

Surveys completed in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by Rob Spangler
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Our surveys concluded today for New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia just in time for the 100-hour inspection of N766 here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As we continue our surveys, it is increasingly apparent how early this Spring is compared with past years. A merganser with newly hatched young was observed yesterday in Nova Scotia, as well as increasing numbers of flocked ducks and single drakes, both indicators of an early breeding season. Overall, ring neck duck counts appear to be higher than last year and it is encouraging to see the excellent habitat conditions since the beginning of our survey in Maine. Following our 100-hour inspection, we will be crossing the Gulf of St. Lawrence into Newfoundland for more surveys before continuing north to Labrador. There, we will sneak in our surveys between the retrograding low pressure systems that have been bringing rain and snow to the northern portions of our area.

Survey of Maine and Eastern Canada Begins

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by John Bidwell
Monday, May 03, 2010

Photo of John Bidwell.My observer Rob Spangler and I began the Spring Breeding Population Survey on Saturday, May 1st out of Bangor, Maine. Survey conditions were ideal as we finished up the coast and turned inland to work our way North. Spring breakup came very early this year with very warm temperatures and not a hint of ice anywhere but the tops of the highest hills. Although the survey has just begun, we are optimistic that early, but good, nesting conditions will be available throughout Maine and Atlantic Canada. So far observations have been normal and all species appear to be on territory and starting the nesting chronology—the pattern and series of behaviors that are normally displayed during the nesting period.

Survey of Maine and Atlantic Canada completed

Maine and Atlantic Canada
Written by John Bidwell
Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Atlantic crew area waterfowl breeding population survey for 2009 started May 3 in Stratum 62 (Maine) and was completed on June 4 in Stratum 67 (Labrador). Habitat conditions for breeding waterfowl were classified excellent in Maine, the Maritimes and Newfoundland, but good in Labrador. Southern strata experienced normal ice breakup and the flooding that plagued 2008 was noticeably absent in 2009. In Newfoundland, the lack of snowfall in the central highlands coupled with moderate temperatures created early nesting conditions for black ducks and Canada geese. Labrador, however, had a late spring because of below normal temperatures and above normal snowfall. In general, waterfowl numbers for most species were above the 2008 estimates and good waterfowl production should be expected.

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