Plum dung beetle (Anachalcos convexus) hard at work in Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland, seen during the Southern African Field School.
Photo by Amanda Droghini, teaching assistant at the Southern African Field School
My brother Graeme and I recently completed a month of field work in the Bayne Lab deploying Automated Recording Units (ARUs), a technology dedicated to recording sounds made by forest inhabitants (specifically targeting birds and amphibians). We deployed these devices across deciduous, coniferous, mixed woods and wetland habitats in Alberta’s boreal forest ecoregion to detect the varied wildlife within.
Graeme and I had the opportunity to deploy ARUs at over 150 different locations, each with their own fascinating vegetation structure, hydrology and wildlife community. It would be difficult to capture the diversity of habitats in only a small section of Central Alberta’s boreal forest but, we found one piece of data that provides a glimpse into its intricate beauty:
Photographs of the forest canopy.
Standard data collection included photographing the local vegetation in four directions, as well as straight up to the forest canopy. This canopy photograph is never the same and captures forests which are at once stoic, vibrant and complex.
Post by Cam and Graeme Nordell
A photo-bombing boreal chickadee checking out a trail camera set up in the Yukon by Jessica Haines.