Wetlands form a key part of the vast 1.3 billion-acre (526 million-hectare) boreal forest region that stretches across northern Canada, and total one-quarter of the world’s wetlands by area. On average, Canada’s boreal region is used by 40 per cent of North America’s breeding population of waterfowl.
This year, this rich landscape palette of greens, blues and browns welcomed the birds and the researchers that study their habitats. Kevin Smith was one of them. Smith, Ducks Unlimited Canada’s national manager of boreal programs, joined a crew conducting aerial surveys of wetlands around Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. Between recording data while hovering above as many as 100 wetlands in a day, Smith snapped these shots from the cockpit. From his photos and observations we can better appreciate this wild and remote land…from a duck’s eye view.
Contributed by Ducks Unlimited Canada staff (anas unlimitedus staffadas).