By Marc Schuster, Canadian Wildlife Service, Southern Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan
This year we started the ground portion of the survey on May 10 and have been going ever since. We completed stratum 39 in southwestern Manitoba on May 12 and moved into stratum 34 in southeastern Saskatchewan on the 13th. So far, habitat conditions have ranged from good to excellent, especially in stratum 39. Wet conditions prevailed on the ground portions with some transects yielding record numbers of ducks. One air-ground segment had almost 1,000 indicated ducks, the most it has ever had in more than 25 years. Today we surveyed the western portion of Stratum 35 and noticed that this area was dry compared to other areas surveyed so far. That, however, is not unusual for the Regina Plains. Tomorrow we move on to the Yorkton area while we begin to survey Stratum 35. Hopefully, the trend of average to higher than average duck numbers continues as we carry on the second half of our survey.
Sarah Yates flies over Ron Bazin near the Wapella Transect, Southeastern Saskatchewan. Photo by Garth Ball, Ducks Unlimited Canada
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