*** Thank you. Your support has been overwhelming, and the kind words that accompanied many donations are without a doubt going to keep us motivated for the long haul! The university will take some days or weeks to tally up total donations and matches, but we've been told that we have surpassed our goal of raising CAD$40,000 in donations (to be matched) by a wide margin. It looks like we're going to finish this field season with something to spare for 2020! We'll share updates as final numbers become available to us.
Giveaway: All donations made since April 1st are eligible for the Giveaway (https://wildernessprints.blog/2019/04/15/2019-wolverine-fundraiser-with-great-prizes-to-be-won/). If you haven't yet done so, to simplify things on our end, please send an email to johnemarriott (at) gmail.com: Please include your contact information and which donation category you fall under: <$100, $100-199, $200-299, $300-399, etc. All information will be treated confidentially and won’t be shared or used beyond prize allocation.
Where do donations go? Zero overhead - funds raised go 100% towards field work costs - transportation, helicopter hours (we get discounted rates), field tech fees, materials. ***
THE WOLVERINE – FIERCE BUT VULNERABLE
Fearsome, strong and solitary, the wolverine is not just a comic hero, but also the largest terrestrial member of the weasel family. This tough carnivore needs huge, wild areas to survive. Despite its awesome reputation, the wolverine is not invincible.
Wolverines might be endangered in the US and are a Species of Special Concern in BC and under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. Wolverine habitat everywhere is increasingly impacted by human activity, and climate change is melting the winter snowpack wolverines rely on for survival. How do these changes contribute to the decline in their numbers seen in many places?
We are conducting scientific research to better understand the effects of human activity on wolverine distribution, reproduction, connectivity and gene flow in Canada's Northern Columbia Region (2018 Annual Report), the Southern Columbia Region (Dens & Drones in the Kootenays) and the Canadian portion of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem (2016 Summary Report).
Using non-invasive methods such as remote cameras and DNA analysis of hair samples, we focus on landscape-scale questions of wolverine ecology in multi-use working landscapes. Our projects are undertaking the crucial research required to provide science-based information to agency decision-makers, landowners, natural resource companies, and First Nations so that the needs of wolverine are incorporated into land use plans, management plans, highway mitigation and other projects.
To succeed, we work collaboratively with agency biologists, local organizations, industry partners, non-profit conservation groups, and volunteer citizen-scientists to gather and disseminate the projects' findings. Our goal is to educate and engage communities to build support for conserving the integrity of large landscapes, their ecological processes (particularly wildlife movement and habitat connectivity), and solutions that protect wildlife in the working landscapes of the study areas.
We would like to hear from you if you see a wolverine, wolverine sign (tracks, scats, den), or what you might think was a wolverine sign. We're interested in submissions from anywhere in Western Canada, but in particular from the Selkirks, Purcells, Monashees, Cariboos and Canadian Rockies: Report a sighting
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