Sept 2020 Update
Thank you very much to all of you who contributed during the 2020 field season, be it financially, with in-kind help or helping out in the field. We had to hit pause for a couple months, but have since been able to complete most fieldwork. All said and done, this 3rd (and last) year of field work has been incredibly successful again. Most sites were visited by wolverines, and we detected several new breeding females! We have begun to process the genetic samples and to annotate the photos, this will likely take us most of fall. Stay tuned!
We're in the process of doing a bit of a site update now to make it easier for you to follow the progress of our several ongoing projects. So much going on that we want to share!
Fearsome, strong and solitary, the wolverine, the largest terrestrial weasel is a tough carnivore that needs huge, wild areas to survive. Despite its awesome reputation, the wolverine is not invincible.
Wolverines might be endangered in the US and are of Special Concern in BC and under the Canadian Species at Risk Act. Why? Wolverines habitat everywhere is increasingly impacted by human activity. Climate change is melting away the deep spring snow pack wolverines rely on for survival. How do these changes contribute to the decline in their numbers seen in many places?
Our research aims to better understand the effects of human activity on wolverine distribution, reproduction, connectivity and gene flow in Canada's Northern Columbia Region (2019 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).
We use non-invasive methods such as remote cameras, drones and DNA analysis of hair samples. We focus on landscape-scale questions of wolverine ecology in multi-use working landscapes. We aim 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.
Enough talk! Watch the teaser for our documentary! If you crave more wolverine time, the full film is here.
Citizen Science - Keep the Sighting Reports Coming!
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 collecting submissions from anywhere in Canada, and are particularly interested in sightings within the Selkirks, Purcells, Monashees, Cariboos and Canadian Rockies: Report a sighting