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Breeding Grounds Survey: A Snapshot of the Canadian Prairies

May 31, 2014 - Southern and Central Alberta  
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  • Five nautical miles east of the Calgary International airport. Good to excellent wetland conditions.
    photo by Jim Bredy, USFWS
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By Jim Bredy, USFWS pilot biologist, Southern and Central Alberta 

On May 31, I departed Calgary, Alberta, in the morning, and flew to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to commence another survey. The following photos are a snapshot of the conditions I saw along that route. This is not a total summary of prairie wetland conditions. For more detailed information on habitat conditions in a particular crew area, please refer to the individual crew leaders’ reports. There is still LOTS of water out there!


Sixty nautical miles east of Calgary, Alberta with good wetland conditions. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.


Ninety nautical miles east of Calgary near Cessford, Alberta. Fair to good wetland conditions in the northern portion of the short-grass-prairie area of Alberta. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.


Thirty-seven nautical miles northwest of Empress, Alberta. Good wetland numbers with fair upland habitat conditions. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.


Eighty-four nautical miles southwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.


One hundred twenty-three nautical miles east-southeast of Regina, Saskatchewan, near the Manitoba border. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.


Twenty nautical miles north of Brandon, Manitoba. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.


Large irrigation canal coming off the south end of Lake Manitoba. Credit: Jim Bredy, USFWS.


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