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Breeding Grounds Survey: Holy Hanna!

May 12, 2014 - Southern and Central Alberta 
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  • The 2014 Southern and Central Alberta ground crew (from left to right): Murray Gillespie (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Michelle Chupik (Canadian Wildlife Service), Garnet Raven (Canadian Wildlife Service), Mike Watmough (Canadian Wildlife Service), Jason Caswell (Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development), Karl Zimmer (Canadian Wildlife Service), and Trevor Coffin (Canadian Wildlife Service).
    photo by Murray Gillespie, Ducks Unlimited Canada
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By Garnet Raven, Canadian Wildlife Service Southern and Central Alberta (Ground Crew)

The Alberta ground survey crew has been able to complete strata 29 and 28 in southern AB and is currently working on stratum 27 out of Hanna. Weather has cooperated, allowing our pilot Jim Bredy and observer Joe Sands to survey each day since they started on May 8th.

Conditions in stratum 29 were very good to excellent and duck numbers were above average. Western portions of stratum 28 were excellent and record duck numbers were observed. So far, conditions in stratum 27 are wet and duck numbers are high. We're expecting more of the same as we move into the eastern parklands over the next few days.

The parklands have been relatively wet over the last few years and they look good again this year. Hopefully some good production over the last few years will result in high duck numbers this year. Go Ducks!

Get more information about the 2014 BPOP Survey and other waterfowl surveys at Flyways.us

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