SOMEWHERE OVER NORTH DAKOTA -- The Cessna 206 banked toward the rising sun last week, revealing beneath one wing a rich, broad countryside as green as it was watery. This was North Dakota in August 2011, one of the wettest years on record, in which basins large and small that have pockmarked the landscape for 10,000 years are water-filled.
And in many cases, duck-filled.
"I've been out here 30 years and I've never seen a spring and summer like this," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Lloyd Jones, a Wisconsin native and manager of Audubon National Wildlife Refuge in west-central North Dakota. "Water is everywhere."Full story: