Meet Erin Humeny: Professional Biologist with over a Decade of Environmental Science Experience

Erin has over 10 years of experience working in environmental sciences, including research in university labs, as a consultant, and now as a Water and Fish Program researcher. How did you get into science? I disregarded all advice from my parents and teachers and, despite being a strong student in biology and chemistry, went straight from high school into a diploma program in travel and tourism. I don't think it was a surprise to anyone…

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Project Update: Harvest and Silviculture Practices for Improved Caribou Outcomes

By Cam McClelland With one field season in the books, and another one approaching, we thought we would share how the project is going so far. Our goal for this project is to collect and compare vegetation from cut blocks and wildfires across age classes and habitat types in order to see under which conditions caribou foods grow best. Last season we sent out 6 technicians all over Alberta to collect as much data as…

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The Caribou Patrol: 10 Seasons of Saving Caribou

There are four caribou herds around the mountain town of Grande Cache, and all are in trouble. This is the traditional territory of the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada, and in 2012, the Nation decided to help. Now, coming up on a decade of on-the-ground work to preserve these herds, the program can take great pride in its remarkable success and look forward to big things on the horizon. The project got off the ground…

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Meet Tanya Muswera

We are thrilled to announce our new GIS Analyst is Tanya Muswera. Her bachelor’s is in geography, and she holds a double master’s in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modeling and Management. Although a newcomer to Canada, Tanya is more than at-home in the world of spatial data, with many years of experience in GIS and remote sensing. She has worked in Europe and Africa, including as the GIS analyst at a research…

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Meet Cam McClelland

Most high school students don’t know what career they should aim for, at least in my experience. One of my friends wanted to be a lawyer and that ended up working out for him, but the rest of us were more like Cam – just following our interests with no big plan carved in stone, and that’s worked out too. I met Cam a lot later, when we’d both found our way to fRI Research…

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Caribou Program Fieldwork 2021: The Jewel of the North

Solène Williams, Nikki Beaudoin, and Jesse Shirton After five refreshing days off, the caribou crew was ready to start their fourth adventure: the Slave Lake/Red Earth Creek shift. Once again, we did not know much about the roads or camping areas for this region. We were lucky enough to book the last two remaining sites at the Marten River Campground outside of Slave Lake and even luckier to share one of their sites with two…

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Caribou Program Fieldwork 2021: Muggy and Buggy

Solène Williams and Nikki Beaudoin For the third field shift The Boos loaded up their hammocks, fishing rods, bug jackets, and sunscreen and headed to the Chinchaga region of Alberta. Located a convenient 6 hours due north, the crew took up squatters rights at Running Lake Provincial Recreation Area. The area was new to all, even the seasoned crew leaders; Isaiah and Solène had never been dispatched to the Chinchaga area before. And so, busting…

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Caribou Program Fieldwork 2021: The Boos Beginning

By Solène Williams and Nikki Beaudoin What do you get when an angler, bird nerd, farmer, and a celiac all end up on a field crew? Two very exasperated returning field techs with their work cut out for them!The newcomers on the 2021 crew: Christian Louie, the young buck of the crew traveling from Sidney, BC and studying biology at UVic enjoys long walks on the beach with his fishing rod in hand. Jesse Shirton,…

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Caribou Program Fieldwork 2021: Meet the Crew

Back at it Again Here we are again, back in time for another field season. This summer we’re collecting and comparing vegetation data in a variety of different cut block and fire types all over northern Alberta. We want to see under which types of conditions important caribou foods grow best. What brings bounce to our step this year is that we have a full summer crew of 6 technicians back amongst our ranks despite…

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