EPP CAGO Breeding Survey

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"Summer" in Northeast Manitoba

EPP CAGO Breeding Survey
Written by Jim Bredy
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Photo of Jim Bredy.We commenced the 2014 Eastern Prairie Population Canada Goose Breeding Population survey on June 02, in the town of Gillam, Manitoba, and moved to the town of Churchill, Manitoba, yesterday. Churchill is often referred to as the “polar bear capital of the world.” While many portions of the lower 48 states in the US are basking in 90-100 degree F temperatures, here in Churchill, it is 28 F and snowing with a wind chill of 10 F. A slow moving cold front, with the low situated near Hudson Bay, is pumping lots of moisture into the area. For those familiar with this area, yes, the dreaded “Hudson Bay Low” has set in for a few days. Churchill, located on the central west coast of Hudson Bay, was once the heart of the fur trade in North America. Looking outside at the “balmy” weather today, I can’t help but think how tough the early fur traders and mountain men must have been. A multitude of boreal forest ponds give way to tundra ponds along the coast of the Hudson Bay. This area is a mecca for the eastern prairie population of Canada geese, as well as many other waterfowl.

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