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The Miistakis Institute specializes in evaluating complex environmental problems and using its skill sets and tools to resolve them.

Miistakis Institute Headquarter Location

Rm U271, Mount Royal University 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Calgary, Alberta, T3E 6K6,

Canada

403-440-8444

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Trail cameras in Crowsnest Pass tracking wildlife behaviour near Highway 3

Sep 9, 2021

linkedin Back Posted September 8, 2021 11:24 pm    1:54 Motion-sensor cameras track wildlife movement in Crowsnest Pass The Nature Conservancy of Canada has partnered with other research and technological organizations in its efforts to track wildlife patterns in the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor in Alberta. As Eloise Therien explains, the goal of the project is to gather data to help determine future wildlife management strategies and limit animal-related collisions on Highway 3. comments -A A+ linkedin Copy link A multi-year program in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass is looking to collect data to better assess wildlife patterns across Highway 3 for the safety of both animals and humans. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has partnered with the Miistakis Institute and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute to gather data using high-tech cameras situated throughout the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor. Carys Richards, communications manager for the Alberta region of NCC, said the cameras work in all lighting situations for 24 hours a day and are triggered by movement. “There’s this very important sliver of habitat that’s not protected but still has a ton of animals crossing,” said Richards. “It’s a wildlife corridor whether we do something about it or not; the animals are using this to cross.” The first camera was placed in September 2020, with more cameras installed throughout the last year. The NCC isn’t disclosing the exact locations or quantities in an effort to avoid tampering. Story continues below advertisement Courtesy: Nature Conservancy of Canada Tracy Lee, senior project manager with the Miistakis Institute, said it’s vital to have appropriate infrastructure such as underpasses and overpasses where needed to maintain wildlife connectivity. “It’s really important that we don’t just prevent them from getting onto the highway (and) we actually have to help them get across,” Lee explained. While official data analysis isn’t expected to occur until 2023, Lee said there is notable wildlife activity happening in the areas of interest. Researchers are planning to meet in October to develop an early summary. “We certainly are seeing a large diversity of species you could expect to find down there on these cameras,” Lee said. Story continues below advertisement Crowsnest Pass BearSmart program reminds Albertans to be respectful of bears – Apr 14, 2021 Some of the species caught on camera include foxes, elk, deer, bighorn sheep and cougars. The images are collected and sifted through with the help of 17 volunteers. “One of the (really neat) things about this project is the community support,” Richards said. “Some of these cameras are on NCC conservation sites, but a lot of them are just on people’s private property that were willing to have these cameras installed and participate in the scientific research.” Lee said this data will complement the work already being done by Alberta Transportation, which has mitigated two sites in the area by installing fencing to prevent bighorn sheep mortality near the Crowsnest Lake. Alberta Transportation is in the process of designing an underpass, fencing and jump-outs near Rock Creek, Lee said. Advertisement

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