The fRI Research Caribou Program carries out applied research, in partnership with industry and the Government of Alberta to help maintain caribou herds in Alberta into the future.
Investigating a Caribou Mortality
The Caribou Program investigated the cause of death of a caribou from the Redrock-Prairie Creek herd.Read More
Fecal Surveys Underway
The 2016 aerial fecal surveys have begun. The field crew travels by helicopter searching for caribou tracks. When those are identified, they land and gather the scat for analysis.
2016 Trail Cameras Are Up
The field crew have been out crisscrossing caribou habitat by truck and snowshoe to set up trail cameras for the 2016 field season. These will collect data on animal (and human) use and relate that to vegetation height and snow depth.
Restoration of Seismic Cutlines in Caribou Range in West-Central and North-Western Alberta: maximising success and targeting areas used by alternate prey
A single year Habitat Stewardship Program Species at Risk project with the Caribou Program.
Identifying High Residency Habitat and Functional Movement Paths for Caribou in West-Central Alberta
Locating habitat and prioritizing restoration in west-central Alberta.
Can forestry and silviculture practices help increase caribou functional habitat in west-central Alberta?
This project will evaluate and mitigate industrial impacts on west-central Alberta Caribou herds.
Caribou behaviour and calving success in relation to oil and gas development: are all disturbances created equal?
This project will study how well site activity and re-vegetation influence caribou behaviour and survival. Understanding caribou response to development and restoration will improve caribou recovery planning.
This project uses GPS from collared caribou to track locations of caribou mortalities. Results may be used to guide science-based restoration of caribou functional habitat across herd ranges.