Aviation Section

Last updated: 2015-05-27

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports flying a rookery surveillance flight for a U of M researcher. Walleye fry were also transported and stocked into various wilderness lakes in the BWCA from the Tower hatchery. A pine marten telemetry flight rounded out the missions until weather proved to be a factor for the holiday weekend.

CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) spent the week flying the spring nesting waterfowl survey. Two thirds of the way through the survey now and the numbers appear to be average with previous year?s counts.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) completed the NW sandhill crane survey. Preliminary numbers show improvement over last year?s numbers of cranes. This data will be used to help with season setting goals for the fall hunting season

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew wetland photos for forest assessment and started a swan survey for nongame

CO/Pilot Chris Lofstuen (Bemidji) reports flying an infrared photo assessment flight of a recent burn area with DNR Forestry as well as multiple wetland photo inventory flights, completing the project for this year. Aircraft maintenance issue were also addressed