EFFECTS OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES AND NATURAL PROCESSES ON WOLVERINE REPRODUCTION AND CONNECTIVITY
Location – Columbia Region and Central Canadian Rockies of British Columbia and Alberta
Duration – 2017 to 2021
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Documentary film: Chasing a Trace
In 2018, we teamed up with filmmaker Leanne Allison and successfully applied for a Telus Storyhive documentary film grant to document our current research project. The film will be finalized and released in early summer 2019. Check out the teaser for Chasing a Trace :
IDENTIFYING CONSERVATION CORRIDORS AND TRANSBOUNDARY LINKAGES FOR WOLVERINES IN THE CANADIAN CROWN OF THE CONTINENT ECOSYSTEMS GEOGRAPHY
Location – Southern Canadian Rockies of Alberta and British Columbia
Duration – 2014 to 2016, data analysis ongoing
The Canadian portion of the Crown of the Continent (CCoC) ecosystems has been identified as crucial for wolverines north of the US border to supply individuals and genes through dispersal to the highly fragmented population in the northern US Rocky Mountains. Highway 3, motorized recreation, and a growing resource extraction industry, however, increasingly fragment this critical landscape.
Our 3-year project capitalized on muti-year wolverine occupancy and genetic data collected noninvasively in a >40,000 km2 area encompassing the core protected areas of the central Canadian Rocky Mountains to the north; and Glacier-Waterton Lakes National Park complex in the south (Fig. 2).
Our goal was to obtain spatially-explicit information on the wolverine population, connectivity, and habitat relationships in the largely unstudied and vitally important international transboundary linkage region.
We surveyed wolverine occurrence using a systematic sampling design consistent with past wolverine research in the Canadian Rockies to enable data pooling and large-scale analyses. Three replicate monthly surveys were conducted within each survey year to incorporate detectability into occupation estimates.
Figure 2. Greater study area for noninvasive sampling of wolverine population in context of areas previously sampled in the transboundary Rocky and Columbia Mountains.
2014 Annual Report