By Rob Spangler, USFWS pilot biologist
We've packed N705 and are headed to Pierre, South Dakota to start our survey. This year I have Brenda Kelly as my observer, a very experienced waterfowl biologist and aerial observer from Wisconsin. I am happy to have her in the air with me. As we pass over Colorado and Nebraska things look pretty dry, but we are pleasantly surprised by South Dakota. Recent rains have given things a boost and filled wetlands just in time. From this quick look, conditions appear better than last year.
Recent rains have helped to fill wetlands. Photo by Rob Spangler, USFWS
Conditions look better than last year. Photo by Rob Spangler, USFWS
Get more information about the 2014 BPOP Survey and other waterfowl surveys at Flyways.us
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