The summer field season brings warm weather but it also means you have to watch out for animals, like this female black bear! Our graduate students and technicians have special training and gear to deal with situations like this. Get ready for bear season!!
Photo by: Clayton Lamb
Freshly hatched Common Nighthawk chicks and a soon-to-hatch egg. Photo by Elly Knight, in the Richardson Burn near McClelland Lake in Alberta.
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An autonomous recording unit deployed in the field to record owl calls.
PhD student Julia Shonfield in Erin Bayne’s lab at the University of Alberta has developed an automated system for detecting owl calls, eliminating the need for researchers to spend nights in the field to survey owls. This new approach combines using audio recorders with a software program that can detect owl calls, called recognizers, and is similarly accurate and far more efficient than other, more traditional methods.
For more details of this work, see the university press release here:
To hear Julia Shonfield talk about owls and her research, check out a clip of a radio interview on the local CBC Edmonton station: http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/radio-active/segment/15537010
“Utility of automated species recognition for acoustic monitoring of owls” by Julia Shonfield, Sarah Heemskerk, and Erin M. Bayne was published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of Raptor Research, available at https://doi.org/10.3356/JRR-17-52.1.
Aerial view of the Kluane Red Squirrel Project’s remote field camp in southwestern Yukon, Canada. Being a wildlife biologist can take you to a lot of quaint camps like this.
Photo by: Mike Peers