In August, Stan Boutin teaches an ecology field course in Kananaskis, Alberta. This provides undergraduate students at the University of Alberta with a unique opportunity to experience Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Students live at the Barrier Lake Field Station (http://bgs.ucalgary.ca/facilities/facilities) and take day trips throughout the area to gain hands-on field skills, including working with wild animals.
Students explore population ecology by live capture and marking of small mammals to determine population size. Community ecology is introduced by measuring invertebrate species diversity in streams. Observing pikas in their natural habitat gives students a chance to discover behavioural ecology concepts. Students then have the opportunity to apply these skills by designing their own field study. This is a great chance to experience ecology in action while exploring the untamed beauty of Alberta’s mountains and wildlife.
This year’s course will take place from 19-29 August, 2015. If you are interested in attending or want more information about the course and prerequisites, please contact Stan (http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/faculty/stan_boutin/) or check out the course website (http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/courses/biol432/).
Photos are from the 2014 field course, post and photos by Jessica Haines.
Congratulations to all the Boutin-Bayne students who presented at this year’s ACTWS conference!
A special shout out to all the students who won awards:
Check out the new publication http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0118720 from Jesse Tigner and Drs. Bayne and Boutin on American marten responses to seismic lines in northern Canada.
Through the second week of March, 9 of 15 tracked hawks have begun spring migration.
Check out this post about a paper that has recently come out of the Boutin lab about using predator-prey theory to reduce apparent competition.
Be sure to watch SongbirdSOS, on the Nature of Things. This episode of the nature tv series will detail the threats facing songbirds and the researchers studying these species. Our own Dr. Erin Bayne will be in this episode!
SongbirdSOS debuts Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 8 pm on CBC-TV. Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/m/blog/are-songbirds-disappearing.
Beaverhill Bird Observatory is seeking a biologist/bander for May 1, 2015-March 31, 2016. Applications are due by March 31! If interested take a look at the link: Job Posting Beaverhill Bird Obs head 2015
Additionally, BBO is seeking a seasonal field assistant for May 1-August 31, 2015. Applications are due March 30. Job Posting Beaverhill Bird Obs 2015 assistant
Today’s #FFF depicts the geographic extremes of the Rocky Mountain Range in British Columbia encountered by one of our crew this summer. As biologists, we are very lucky to work in remote and beautiful landscapes while conducting research and these untouched landscapes provide motivation for the work we do as conservation biologists.
Summer in the Northern Rockies
A fall day in the Southern Rockies- Flathead Valley, BC.