Converting old forest to early seral stands through forest harvesting turns good habitat for caribou into good habitat for moose, deer, and elk—and their predators. 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.
Caribou Conservation through Better Cutblock Design
- January 2018
Progress update: Spatial data layers assembled and field preparation underway
- June 2018
Progress update: Crews setting up trail cameras
- September 2018
Trailcamera Progress and Vegetation Sampling
Progress update: 65 trailcams deployed & vegetation assessments carried out on a subset of plots
- January 2019
Deer Capture Underway
Progress update: Crews setting and checking traps to fit deer with GPS collars.
- March 2019
Capture Season Complete
Progress update: 12 deer captured; 9 fitted with GPS collars.
- June 2019
Progress update: Crews visiting cutblocks to check trail cameras
- September 2019
Summer Field Work Complete
Progress update: Crews finished visiting cutblocks to check cameras and carry out vegetation surv
- October 2019
Data Entry and Planning for the Capture Season Underway
Progress update: Classifying photos from the cameras and are getting ready for winter capture
- December 2019
Trap Site Scouting Underway
Progress update: One month of looking for field signs and scouting for trap sites for the winter
- March 2020
Capture and collaring complete
Progress update: 14 collars were deployed on deer over the winter
Caribou Program biologist Tracy McKay presented for the ABMI Caribou Monitoring Unit's Fall 2021 Series.
2-page update of a Caribou Program project.
Infographic by Heather Hinam describing a Caribou Program project.