Buick_C wrote:hehe. this mallard's only guy is quite a hoot.
And some people will always be Kool-aid drinkers. Picking out a single survivor in an ocean is a helluva lot different than identifying individual duck species at 200 MPH. Even the Coast Guard knows that helicopters are more effective than planes. Planes are used primarily for searching for wreckage debris--not single survivors. And they sure as hell aren't counting the debris and dividing it into separate classifications of debris "species." Guesstimating total number of rice grains on piece of paper and computer simulation programs are also entirely different than distinguishing species. I've been in a small plane and flown over duck marshes, rivers, and lakes. In ideal conditions, one can see birds on the water and that's about it. There ain't no way one can tell whether they're mallards, gadwall, sprig, or any other duck species.
The only "chip" on my shoulder Ray is one from DFG employees getting on the forums and using PM's, emails, and posts to perpetuate inaccurate information, propoganda, and lies because they take criticism of some things personally. Like it or not, you are an employee of the State. That means my tax dollars pay your salary and I am entitled to have my opinion of how those tax dollars are spent. Sometimes, I can do something about it and sometimes I can't but I'll always be entitled to my opinion. Apparently, you like to be more like a politician than a biologist and sway the uneducated with your lies and propaganda to defend DFG's actions.
You kool-aid drinkers want to believe the surveys, go ahead. Make a trip to the Basin based on the numbers of mallards, pintail, or whatever you're after. Next time you're in a small plane though, take a look down though as you approach the ground and see if you think they can see individual species on the ground and count them. Then count yourself as one the educated, rather than a member of MM cult.