NACW and Honorary Squirreling

This past week Melanie, Rob, Craig, and Stan went Nest2off to the 15th North American Caribou Workshop (NACW) in Whitehorse, Yukon. All had a great time hearing about the workshop theme of “what is working” in caribou conservation, catching up with old colleagues, and spending time in beautiful Whitehorse. Melanie and Craig also represented the University by giving spectacular presentations about their work. Check out Melanie’s page for more info on her project, and keep an eye out for upcoming news about the 16th NACW in 2016 to be held in Ontario.

But what is a trip to the Yukon without squirrel IMG_0029camp? Melanie decided to tag along with Stan and Barb to see what the Kluane Red Squirrel Project (KRSP) is all about. Doing what she does best, playing in the outdoors and calling it “work”, Melanie became an honorary squirreler.

Melanie helped a team of grad students and technicians locate nests using telemetry on collared females. She also helped climb trees to catch the pups, take measurements, and tag their ears. There are plenty of really interested projects out of KRSP, and it would take a novel to tell you about all of them, so check out the website –

And of course, Stan showed everyone how it’s really done…

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