Last updated: 2017-04-24
NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) completed the last moose cow/calf telemetry checks in NE Minn. There were 26 cows to observe with calves to see how many had survived through winter. Four collars had stopped functioning, and two of the calves from the last check were no longer present. One set of twin calves were observed. Nearly all the animals showed signs of hair loss from winter ticks, having more gray color than the usual brown coat. Pilot Maas also completed an airplane training flight and dealt with helicopter maintenance issues.
CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) flew forestry wetland photo assessment flights.
NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) started the helicopter goose survey between the weather systems.
CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a week of prepping equipment for upcoming fish stocking operations and seaplane ops. Pilot Jensen also flew a flight for field officers to look for illegal fires on public lands.
CO/Pilot Christopher Lofstuen (Grand Rapids) reports a week of cross training with DNR Forestry pilots. A hangar was prepped at Grand Rapids and mission planning and other tasks were accomplished.