After posting the article and images about how the incredibly still-icy spring in Canada will likely affect breeding, we obtained a few more images from good friends who live up in the north. Below is a NASA image of Great Bear Lake hundreds of miles north of Great Slave Lake in NWT on Monday, the 22nd. Below that are some shots from the same day by from Ed Reeves, who lives in Deline, NWT, which is the only village on Great Bear Lake. Below those images are some photos from our friend Larry Innes of the Canadian Boreal Initiative, who in eastern Canada in Labrador.
The NASA shot from space – June 22, 2009. Notice how almost all of the lake still has an ice cover:
Here are some (in my opinion, stunning) images from Ed of Great Bear Lake and the town of Deline, which is on the shoreline. These were taken on the same day as the NASA shot – the lake is so huge that even though most of the lake is still covered in ice, you can look from the shore and the ice is still far in the distance out into the lake. An enormous rainbow appeared as Ed was taking pictures – have a look:
Here’s the other side of the rainbow, with the town of Deline on the left:
There are still patches of ice along the shore, however:
Zoomed in on Deline:
Lastly, here are some photos taken by Larry Innes, who was flying over Labrador and northern Quebec. They were taken on May 19th of this year, and he says that this is an abnormal amount of snow given the time of year and location:
Let’s hope that many of the birds that breed in more northern parts of Canada aren’t set too far back by this slow spring…