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Caribou Program Research Area: Response to Changing Landscapes

This suite of projects examines how humans are changing the landscape for caribou, and seeks to provide practical knowledge and tools so that through targeted conservation and restoration, land managers can improve their operations to benefit caribou.

Targeting alternate prey to understand caribou and moose habitat management choices in a regenerating landscape: Increasing functional habitat for caribou in west-central ranges

Status: Active

This project examines how moose respond to different re-vegetation trajectories after disturbances such as forestry and seismic lines.

Caribou Conservation through Better Cutblock Design

Status: Active

We will set up camera traps in cutblocks and fit deer with GPS collars to see how cutblock characteristics affect their use by deer. Managers can use this to design cutblocks with caribou conservation in mind.

Can forestry and silviculture practices help increase caribou functional habitat in west-central Alberta?

Status: Active

This project evaluates the potential of commercial thinning to stratified canopy densities as a tool for restoring caribou habitat.

Identifying High Residency Habitat and Functional Movement Paths for Caribou in West-Central Alberta

Status: Completed spring 2018

Knowing which areas to conserve and restore requires knowing where high quality habitat patches are, where the connecting movement corridors between them are, and what attributes are common to those areas.

Caribou behaviour and calving success in relation to oil and gas development: are all disturbances created equal?

Status: Completed fall 2017

This project studies how oil and gas well site activity and re-vegetation influence caribou behaviour and survival.

Response of threatened species to linear features and landscape change in a managed forest ecosystem in West Central Alberta

Status: Completed spring 2016

This project helps us understand how human use of caribou habitat affects caribou use and movements across their range.

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