Advancing non-invasive approaches for monitoring wildlife: considering the ethics of developing new techniques

Advancing non-invasive approaches for monitoring wildlife: considering the ethics of developing new techniques

A theme that underlies our research in the Applied Conservation Lab is that we aim to apply methods that are minimally invasive to wildlife. This ethos emerges in large part from our partners in First Nations communities, who have taught us many important lessons about respecting the people, places, and animals where we work. Our…

Discovery Week at Bella Bella Community School

Discovery Week at Bella Bella Community School

In addition to our research questions, fieldwork provides many other opportunities for learning. Last week, our bear field crew had the inspiring experience of participating in Discovery Week at Bella Bella Community School. During this week, youth discover culture, science, health and the environment through hand-on activities as diverse as seaweed picking, crab fishing, cheese…

Magic of Koeye

Magic of Koeye

I feel lucky to be at the Koeye River again where Heiltsuk youth come every year to take part in culture/science camps. Representing Raincoast, Doug, Kyle, Bryce, and I have come for a week as science resource people and also to learn from the campers and camp staff.

Hair Extravaganza

Hair Extravaganza

We approach the site in silence, hoping to find evidence of an ursid visitor. Crouching close to the ground, we examine each barb along the 25 m of fencing we set up. Having set up 71 of these barbed wire hair snagging stations across 5000 square kilometers, our work now consists of returning to each…

Skunk Cabbage Cafe

Skunk Cabbage Cafe

Don Arney (www.sei-ind.com), our helicopter pilot and volunteer extraordinaire, expertly touches down in an alpine bog. With the rotors whirring above our heads, we begin unloading our supplies in preparation for setting up a hair snagging station. When the rotors slow and come to a stop, we pause for a moment in awe of our…

Notes from the Lab

Notes from the Lab

Biologist Rainforest Wolf ProjectParasitology labUniversity of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Peering down the eyepiece of my microscope, I scan a slide for larval stages of parasites. I find one that is familiar-a brown, translucent egg of the tapeworm Diphyllobothrium-and begin to count. One, two …. With the Wolf Project crew out of the field, our dedicated lab…