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

Locating habitat and prioritizing restoration in west-central Alberta.

Within West-Central caribou ranges, this project will

  1. identify high-residency habitat patches and functional movement paths,
  2. identify priority areas for restoration based on expected contribution, and
  3. provide tools to evaluate on-the-ground impacts of planned activities on the availability of high-quality habitat and landscape connectivity.

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  • April 1 2016

    Project Begins

    Progress update: Project begins with analysis of GIS data to identify high quality habitat

  • Summer 2016

    Field Season Underway

    Progress update: From June to September, field crews are collecting data in west-central Alberta

  • Fall 2016

    Summer Field Work Complete

    Progress update: 2016 data has been collected. The winter will be focused on analysis.

  • Spring 2017

    Progress Report Completed

    Progress update: Results from the first year of data collection and analysis delivered to partner

  • Summer 2017

    Fieldwork Underway

    Progress update: High occupancy habitat visited to survey site characteristics.

  • Fall 2017

    Data Analysis Underway

    Progress update: Movement paths analyzed and high occupancy patches characterized.

  • November 2017

    GIS Tool Development

    Progress update: The GIS Program begins building a tool for land managers to use project findings

  • Spring 2018

    Project Complete

    Progress update: Final report completed. Additional papers and GIS tool in progress.

Karine Pigeon

Research Staff

Laura Finnegan

Program Lead

Julie Duval

Program Lead

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