By Phil Thorpe, USFWS pilot biologist, Southern Saskatchewan
We are making progress. We have finished the grasslands stratum and flew our first day in the northwest parklands stratum on Sunday. In the grasslands, areas are drier than last year, especially as we headed north and west. There are still average to good wetland conditions in the northern grasslands and southwest parklands. Southeast of Saskatoon, in the Allan Hills region, wetlands still look good and conditions are good to excellent. We are currently down for another weather day. It’s raining pretty steady in Saskatoon, which will help maintain some of the wetlands. The forecast looks promising for the morning.
Southern Saskatchewan western parkland wetlands. While these are lower than they were in 2013, they still will provide good habitat for broods in July and currently are providing great shorebird habitat. Photo by Phil Thorpe, USFWS
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