*** After unexpectedly losing a grant, we need your help to be able to complete this crucial second year of field work. We do have some luck: From April 1 – 25th 2019, your donation will be eligible to be matched up to CAD $2500 by the University of Calgary as part of their Giving Day campaign. As a minimum, we need to raise CAD $80k without the match, or CAD $40k matched.
Update April 18: All donations >$25 made to us through the U of Calgary donation page or by cheque are eligible to be entered to a Give-Away organized by a group of fantastic wildlife photographers! In addition, donations >$100 are entered for a draw to win one of two Grand Prizes. Go to their website for details on the prizes! All donations made since April 1st will be eligible, but you must 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.
Update April 16: So far, we raised $49,882, which is more than half what we need!! 150 more donations of $100 each will make up for the remaining funding shortfall. If we all come together it’s doable. Help fund the wolverines because they can’t do it themselves!
Where do donations go? Zero overhead - funds raised go 100% towards field work costs - transportation, helicopter hours (we get discounted rates), field tech fees, material costs.
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
We need to track you! Due to a miscommunication with the university when setting up the Giveaway, we don’t have the info on all donors! We want..
More great news! Several amazing wildlife photographers are contributing their art work as Give-Away Prizes to help make our research possible…
He did it! This is incredible, both the feat and the painting! Head to Regan Johnston Art ‘s page or his post for info if you’d like to bid on..