Mackenzie DataStream: Open Access Platform

Peace River. Photo by Doran Clark, courtesy of Travel Alberta Officially launched in November 2016, Mackenzie DataStream is an open access platform for sharing, visualizing and downloading water data in the Mackenzie River Basin. Mackenzie DataStream, developed by The Gordon Foundation in close collaboration with their northern partner the Government of Northwest Territories,  focuses on promoting knowledge sharing and collaborative decision-making throughout the Basin.  This tool contains data collected by 22 communities, in the Northwest…

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Mountain Researchers Disscuss Mountian Reseach at the Mountain Initiative’s Summit Series

Last week on Thursday March 16, Ualberta Mountain Initiatives at the University of Alberta hosted a panel discussion as part of the Summit Series of public lectures featuring Professor Julie Rak of the Department of English and Film Studies (Ualberta); Dr. Daniel Sims of the Department of History and Indigenous Studies (Ualberta – Augustana); and Dr. Alberto Reyes of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Ualberta). Professor Julie Rak started the panel with a…

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Canadian Mountain Network is Now on Science Borealis

Photo by Richard Lynch, Courtesy of Travel Alberta. You can now find Environmental Research Summaries by the Canadian Mountain Network on Science Borealis! Science Borealis is a community of “science bloggers located in Canada – and Canadians located abroad – who share (a) commitment to respect, support and encourage science communication in Canada, and engage passionately and critically with science.” Science Borealis features science themed blogs that have a Canadian connection. Blog categories include Biology…

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What Makes Wildlife in Alpine Habitats Special?

White-tailed Ptarmigan. Photo by Susan and Terry Sly. Habitats in the alpine zone are those habitats that exist at high elevations. They have “rugged, partially vegetated terrain with snowfields and rocky ridges, above the natural tree line,” (1). There is often less variety in plant species at these high elevations than there is at lower elevations. The alpine zone experiences “high winds, prolonged snow cover, steep terrain, extremes of heat and cold, and intense ultraviolet…

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Weather Monitoring Through History – A Visit to Campbell Scientific Canada

Photo Courtesy of Campbell Scientific (Canada) Corp. Blog post by Laura Blazejewski Campbell Scientific Canada opened their doors to community members as a part of the 2016 Mountain Festival in collaboration with the University of Alberta. As soon as we entered the Campbell facility, the sense of pride and community was immediately evident. Technical Sales Consultants walked the group through the history of weather measurements in Campbell’s unique facility museum featuring preserved antique weather sensors. Evolution…

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High Elevation Habitats are Important to North American Migrant Birds

White-Tailed Ptarmigan male on Vancouver Island. Photo by Kathy Martin Most of what we know about birds in high elevation habitats is about their breeding behavior. Because high elevations are relatively inaccessible, birds in high elevations are not well studied. While only six varieties of birds live exclusively in high altitude habitats, over 55 bird species breed across wide elevation gradients (up to 4000 m). Birds, however, engage in three types of seasonal high elevation…

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