Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan

Forecasts Don’t Always Reflect Reality

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Karen Bollinger
Monday, May 23, 2011

Karen BollingerThe weather forecast for today was definitely much better than the actual conditions proved to be.

Manitoba Ground Crew Enters Home Stretch

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Marc Schuster
Monday, May 23, 2011

Photo of Marc Schuster.The Manitoba ground crew entered Manitoba yesterday after completing the surveys for the southeastern portion of Saskatchewan. Our overall impression is excellent wetland conditions with record duck numbers observed on some of the air-ground segments. There are many seasonal wetlands here now, where dry conditions prevailed the past few years. Semi-permanent and permanent wetlands are fully recharged. While we have had our fair share of weather days this year, it appears that the next few days will hold up and we will be able to finish our crew area by this coming Thursday.

Resting Amidst Bad Weather

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Karen Bollinger
Sunday, May 22, 2011

Karen BollingerToday, was a crew rest day and also proved to be a weather day. We are only allowed to be “on duty” (that is, “fly”) 12 days out of a given 14-day period.

Alternating Alternators

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Karen Bollinger
Saturday, May 21, 2011

Karen BollingerMay 19 and 20 proved to be good weather days, and observation conditions were excellent. During these 2 days of flying, we were able to complete stratum 34. We ended up staying in Yorkton Friday night – based on: i) the last segment ended there, and ii) it seemed to be the best airport to stage for flying the next day. We were not only close to our next transect line to fly, but also hopefully would be north of the line of weather (rain, low visibilities and ceilings) that was forecasted to be moving up from the south. Staying in Yorkton also gave us the added advantage and additional opportunity to get together with the ground crew for supper. It was great to meet and/or re-acquaint with “the crew.”

The Spare Alternator

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Karen Bollinger
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Karen BollingerAfter a “WIND” day yesterday, we left Brandon, Manitoba, en route to Regina, Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Ground Crew Well On Its Way After Experiencing a Slow Start

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Marc Schuster
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Photo of Marc Schuster.After a slow start in Southwestern Manitoba the Manitoba crew has finally been able to gain some traction and complete several days of surveys. The slow start was mainly due to the adverse weather that was plaguing this area of the province last week. There is a record amount of water in the Assiniboine River watershed that has greatly increased the potential for flooding. The City of Brandon declared a state of emergency and evacuated approximately 1000 residents in a preventative measure in case the Assiniboine River breaches the dikes near the river.

Phenomenal Conditions!

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Karen Bollinger
Monday, May 16, 2011

Karen BollingerToday we completed stratum 39 in southwestern Manitoba and should complete stratum 35 in southeastern Saskatchewan during our next day of survey flying. Both the amount of water and the number of ducks in these areas are phenomenal this year. Water basins are full and many are flooded out of their banks. Sheet water is abundant as well.

Survey Begun, But Now We Wait

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Karen Bollinger
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Karen BollingerWe flew the first actual transects of the southern Manitoba survey on Sunday, 8 May. Weather has prevented us from flying any transects since then, but it’s looking like we should be back in the air the next few days.

Ready to Survey in Southern Manitoba

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Karen Bollinger
Saturday, May 07, 2011

Karen BollingerThe Southern Manitoba survey crew assembled at WipAire, Fleming Field, Minnesota, on 3 May for the much anticipated BPOP survey in 2011. I will be serving as crew leader (Karen S Bollinger, FWS – MBM – R7), and Rob E Spangler (FWS-MBM-R9) will serve as right-front seat observer. Rob recently joined the Migratory Bird Survey group as a pilot biologist and will be flying left seat in future surveys. I have previously flown the Manitoba portion of the survey in 2008 and 2002, and participated in other years.

Southern Manitoba survey completed

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Doug Benning
Friday, May 21, 2010

Photo of Doug Benning.We completed the survey on May 20 and are now licking our wounds from flying almost every day since our start. Our unadjusted aerial pond counts are up overall, but down in some strata. As to duck numbers, our best areas were in southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba. However, there were many areas with good water conditions but few ducks. We attribute this to shortstopping of some birds in better conditions south of the Canadian border and perhaps some over-flights of early nesters that encountered quite dry conditions throughout this region in April. The rains during the first week in May made a temporary difference, but much of that moisture has mainly served to recharge soil moisture deficits, with most ponds drawing down considerably afterwards.

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