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.
A previous fRI Research program, the Woodland Caribou Program, was active from 1993 until 2005.
Preparing for the 2017 Field Season
The lichen surveys, begun last year, will continue in 2017. The goal is to determine the abundance of caribou foods under different forestry practices.
Analysis of Trailcam Data Underway
In 2016, trail cameras were placed on seismic lines to record animal use. Thousands of images have been collected and processed, and data analysis has begun.
Investigating a Caribou Mortality
The Caribou Program investigated the cause of death of a caribou from the Redrock-Prairie Creek herd.Read More
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.