Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan

Manitoba ground crew wraps up survey

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Marc Schuster
Friday, May 21, 2010

Photo of Marc Schuster.Our last survey day for this year was May 20, 2010. This constitutes 14 complete days of surveys with no bad weather days.

Manitoba ground crew reaches half-way point

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
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.

Southern Manitoba Population Survey

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Doug Benning
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Photo of Doug Benning.Pilot Brian Lubinski and I have the southern Manitoba survey well underway.

Survey of Manitoba & SE Saskatchewan completed – looks good

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Terry Liddick
Friday, July 03, 2009

Doug Benning and I have completed the survey of southern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan. Conditions across the survey area have significantly improved over 2008. The flooding has receded in stratum 38 and the area is looking good. Overall, the entire survey area looks good. Southeastern Saskatchewan throughout the Regina Plains is the driest part of the survey area, but even there, many basins have significant water. Southern Manitoba, from the US border to Dauphin looks very good, with many areas rated as excellent. It dried out a little as we proceeded north to The Pas; however, conditions are still greatly improved over last year. With the slightly cooler than normal spring and the higher than normal precipitation levels over the winter and into the spring, conditions should remain good throughout the nesting and brooding season. There was still a fair amount of ice in the northern section of the survey area, particularly on the larger water bodies, but nearly all of the smaller water was thawed, providing good conditions. Spring was certainly late and the farther north we got, the more evidence we saw of a late spring. Overall, I would rate the entire survey area as good and conditions vastly improved over the last several years.

Southeast Saskatchewan dry; Southern Manitoba flooded

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Terry Liddick
Friday, May 15, 2009

Terry LiddickAfter flying 5 days, we've seen that habitat conditions in Southern Manitoba are wetter and better than last year. In fact, there is massive flooding along the Red River on the eastern boundary of our survey area that has forced us to divert around it for now because the ground crews can't get in there. In places the river looks like you are approaching Lake Winnipeg. Levels are dropping as we speak, but there still are some roads closed. We will have to come back to that area later. Hopefully, the flooding won't have too great an impact on nesting. In stark contrast to Southern Manitoba, habitat in Southeast Saskatchewan is still dry. I would rate it fair at best. Southern Manitoba from Brandon south and west to the Saskatchewan border, however, looks great.

2009 survey of Southern Manitoba begins

Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
Written by Terry Liddick
Friday, May 08, 2009

Terry LiddickWe started the 2009 survey of Southern Manitoba and Eastern Saskatchewan today by flying out of Brandon, Manitoba. My observer Doug Benning and I began by flying south to survey the southern end of our crew area south of Brandon to the US border near International Peace Gardens. Next, we'll turn west over into Southeast Saskatchewan, west as far as Regina, south to the US border and north as far as Yorkton, and will make a big circle over our route over the next couple weeks. We will average around 12 segments per day. We can't say too much after only one day of flying, but the habitat we've seen so far looks much wetter than last year.

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