I am an MRU environmental science student completing my first work experience semester with the Miistakis Institute. With a passion for conservation and a goal to pursue a graduate degree in environment and resource management, Miistakis has been a perfect fit for me.
I have been working along side Tracy Lee, Kim Good, and Mike Quinn on a project that will assess the economic impacts of wildlife on the beef industry. My personal role in the project has been to conduct a literature review by exploring previous research studies and grey literature concerned with cattle and calf depredation, carnivore-induced stress, competition for forage, property damage and/or loss, and damage prevention and management.
In June I took a trip with my favorite GIS/Spatial Analyst, Greg Chernoff, to attend a Large Carnivore Project Tour in Cardston County. The tour consisted of a visit to a Carcass Composting Facility and several ranches using preventive strategies to mitigate grizzly bear depredation. One of our last stops included a visit to a DNA rub tree, which is used to evaluate grizzly bear populations in southwestern Alberta.
Bison Paddock in Waterton Lakes National Park
Red Rock Canyon in Waterton Lakes National Park – Where’s Greg?
Walking over to view the bear-proof grain bins
Inside the carcass composting facility in Cardston County
Congratulations to Rob and Loretta Schaufele of Road Watch in the Pass, who are finalists in the community group category of the 22nd Annual Emerald Awards. Winners are announced June 6th. http://emeraldfoundation.ca/emerald-awards/2013-finalists
We are very pleased to share the news that Rob & Loretta Schaufele have been nominated for an Emerald Award for their work with Road Watch in the Pass. Please click here to view the Emerald Foundation’s list of all nominees. Congratulations to Rob & Loretta, and to all of the other nominees!
For more information on Road Watch in the Pass, please visit their Facebook page.
Loretta inputs road kill data in an Otto unit
Rob discusses Road Watch in the Pass
Well, in case you haven’t heard the big news, we’ve moved! In mid-February we packed up the Miistakis office and headed over to our new space at Mount Royal University (MRU). We are pleased to share our new contact details with you, and some candid photos of Miistakians on the move. The dust has settled and we are very happy in our new space at MRU.
New contact details – effective immediately
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary AB T3E 6K6
Phone (403) 440-8444 | Fax (403) 440-8446
Kim packs up her desk
Tracy and Danah strike a pose
Purging, purging, purging…
Guy’s old desk
Greg has an epiphany
Ken gets our IT needs sorted
How many Miistakians does it take to put together a desk?
Boxes, boxes, boxes
Close to the final product
Great story in the Lethbridge Herald by Katie May on Highway 3 transportation mitigation for wildlife – Curbing highway carnage?
Check out this great story on Highway 3 by Carla Beynon at CBC Calgary “Alberta considers underpass to protect wildlife in the Crowsnest Pass.” Thanks from all of us at the Highway 3 partnership, Miistakis Institute, Western Transportation Institute and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Thanks Road Watch in the Pass for your photo contributions.
Parks, Peace and Partnership: Global Initiatives in Transboundary Conservation edited by Dr. Michael Quinn has just been released.
Here’s what it’s all about: Today, over 3,000 protected areas around the world contribute to the protection of biodiversity, peaceful relations between neighbouring countries, and the well-being of people living in and around the protected environs. Historical and geo-political constraints are disappearing in a new spirit of collaboration to address common issues confronting ecosystems, species, and communities. Managing across boundaries is seen as the only way to ensure the long-term viability of ecological systems and sustainable communities.
Current international thinking in this area is reflected in this collection of essays by park managers, biologists, scholars, scientists, and researchers. From Waterton-Glacier International Park to the European Alps, and Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia, the essays provide illustrative examples of the challenges and new solutions that are emerging around the world.
We are pleased to share our digital annual report with you.
Within its pages you will find an overview of our research areas along with successes that we are pleased to share. The report is complete with links to more information on our projects so that you can choose to learn more about specific aspects of our work. Please feel free to share our annual report with others whom may be interested in the Miistakis Institute. Finally, if you have any feedback on our annual report or if you would like to receive a hard copy of our annual report, please send us an email.