Author Archives: Caitlin Martin

Pronghorn Xing: A New Citizen Science Initiative

The Northern Great Plains Pronghorn are an important ungulate species in southeastern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan. In order to procure the resources necessary to their survival, pronghorns go through long, seasonal migrations. Today, these migrations occur across a landscape that … Continue reading

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Fall GrizzTracker Update

So what exactly is citizen science?  Simply put, it’s the engagement of volunteers in the scientific process. Not a new approach, but certainly gaining popularity over the years with examples from Monarch butterfly monitoring, bird or moose surveys, frog work … Continue reading

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Nabbing grizzly hair – spatially explicit capture-recapture techniques for grizzly bear management in Northwest Alberta

How do you (safely!) collect grizzly bear hair?  Using barbed wire of course! To help fill knowledge gaps of grizzly bears in Northwest Alberta’s Bear Management Area 1 (BMA1), Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) as part of the Northwest Grizzly … Continue reading

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Fall BearSmart Reminder

The hills are beginning to change colour, and the smell of another season is in the crisp fall air. Being active outdoors this time of year is a must for many, especially with the weather being as nice as it … Continue reading

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Miistakis at the 2017 Citizen Science Association Conference

In today’s world, citizens are faced more and more with challenging conservation issues both locally and globally. Solutions that encourage the public to understand these issues, lend their knowledge and experience, and implement strategies are key in overcoming conservation challenges. … Continue reading

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Alberta BearSmart Lower Peace Region Update

As our communities and access to landscape stretch further into valuable bear habitat, the potential for conflicts increase. Alberta BearSmart was launched alongside the Alberta Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan in 2008 as an initiative to promote bear awareness and deliver … Continue reading

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DNA study fieldwork wrap-up

Grizzly bears are a highly recognizable, charismatic species that often interact directly with humans due to their large home ranges and increasing human presence across the landscape (COSEWIC 2012). In Alberta, grizzly bears were declared a threatened species under the … Continue reading

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Alberta BearSmart training – Weed Inspector Workshop

Its summertime in Alberta, and bear season is in full swing! Breeding season – late May through July – is still upon us, so in addition to actively searching for food, bears are looking for mates as well. This means … Continue reading

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A Day in the Field

Today is the day – its field day! A definite favourite part of the job amongst many of the biologists working on the grizzly bear project. It doesn’t feel much like work when you get to be outside exploring the … Continue reading

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