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Breeding Grounds Surveys: Wrapping up the Maine and Atlantic Crew Area

After frequent weather or equipment-related delays, we arrived in Labrador on the first of June to be greeted by a short window of forecasted favorable weather. We made the most of it, flying several long days in a row to finish off our survey area and ferry part way home prior to rain, snow, and ice shutting things down again in Labrador.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Finally to Newfoundland...

On May 15 we finished Nova Scotia and returned to Bangor, ME, for a required inspection on N769. We were down 5 days, and every day was beautiful flying weather. Naturally, the weather began to deteriorate on Thursday, May 21—the day we left to return to Canada and resume the survey.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: A Tale of Two Seasons...

Back in March, looking out the window of our Maine farmhouse at 8-foot snow piles in the dooryard and 4-foot ice pack on local lakes, I would have bet good money that in May we’d be worried about flooding and enjoying a prolonged mud and productive black fly season. I’m glad I’m not a betting man because nothing could be further from the truth.

Breeding Grounds Surveys: Maine and Atlantic Canada Crew Contemplates Survey Start

A slow spring warm-up led to a fortuitous, gradual thaw across the area. While aggravating to sun- and warmth-starved souls up here, it meant that ice damming and flooding were kept to a minimum despite the ice and snow pack. Waterfowl arrived right on schedule in April, only to congregate in available open inland water and in coastal areas to wait on ice out.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Maine and Atlantic Canada Survey Area Completed

Overall, conditions across the survey area were good for breeding waterfowl, despite the late start to spring. With some more seasonal temperatures and drier conditions during the primary brood rearing period, the outlook could improve further.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Newfoundland in the Books, on to Labrador

A ridge of high pressure moving south out of Labrador finally moved the persistent low off the east coast of Newfoundland, and the beleaguered east coast saw a rare glimpse of sun on May 29. It didn't last long, but it was enough to give us the window we needed to complete the Newfoundland survey.

Breeding Grounds Survey: Not Much, But We'll Take It

After sitting 7 of 8 days in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the air mass over the Maritimes and Gulf of St. Lawrence finally "warmed" enough that we could enter the clouds and ferry to Stephenville, Newfoundland, on Sunday, May 25.

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An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Atlantic Canada priority area

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Background information on DU's Atlantic Canada conservation priority area
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