Learning to See the Forest for the Trees

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.

Photo1Standard 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.

Photo2The majesty of the boreal forest is immediately evident to those who have visited and, apparently, maintains this appeal when viewed from any angle.

Photo3(Cam’s Favorite Canopy Shot)

Post by Cam and Graeme Nordell