1. 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 2022
Progress – 2018 and 2019 field seasons are in the bag! Thank you to all of you who donated this spring! An official update on the project will be released here mid- to late November 2019. We are already planning for 2020, the last field season. But first, Mirjam has to pass her PhD candidacy examination.
Read our 2018 Annual Report to find out more!
Documentary film: Chasing a Trace
We teamed up with filmmaker Leanne Allison to document our research project. The film was funded through a Telus Storyhive grant, and got selected and shown by the 2019 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival!
2. DENS AND DRONES IN THE KOOTENAYS – 2019
Who – Doris Hausleitner, Andrea Kortello
Location – South Columbia Region
Duration – 2019
Female wolverine have low reproductive rates and are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance at den sites. Consequently, recognizing and protecting critical denning habitat during the reproductive season is probably essential to species persistence on the landscape. Our objective is to identify explicit locations used by wolverine for denning, thereby providing the specific information needed to target access management and improve habitat where it is most effective for conservation. By using a combination of citizen science, occupancy modeling and known female locations, we will target specific areas where dens sites are possible. Those areas will be searched for tracks and excavations using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone). Animal care protocols will be followed to ensure no disturbance to denning females.
3. IDENTIFYING CONSERVATION CORRIDORS AND TRANSBOUNDARY LINKAGES FOR WOLVERINES IN THE CANADIAN CROWN OF THE CONTINENT ECOSYSTEMS GEOGRAPHY
Who – Tony Clevenger, Mirjam Barrueto, Mike Sawaya
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 is to obtain spatially-explicit information on the wolverine population, connectivity, and habitat relationships in the largely unstudied and vitally important international transboundary linkage region.
2014 Annual Report