Posts Categorized: Wildlife & Biodiversity


The City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta Edmonton Urban Coyote Project

WildEdmonton, a collaborative initiative between the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta Edmonton Urban Coyote Project (EUCP), aims to monitor wildlife presence and abundance in Edmonton’s open space network. Since its inception in 2018, the project has worked towards informing sustainable city design by integrating wildlife needs into land use decision-making processes.

The project’s mission is to monitor wildlife use across the city using wildlife ...

Cenovus Caribou Habitat Restoration Project


The Cenovus Caribou Habitat Restoration project has undertaken a significant endeavour to address the environmental challenges posed by development activities in the Boreal Forest of northern Alberta. This initiative aims to restore legacy seismic disturbances, which contribute to forest fragmentation, habitat degradation, and greenhouse gas emissions, particularly impacting caribou populations in the region. By utilizing techniques such as soil mounding and tree planting, the project seeks to return forest ...

The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project: Collaborative Research and Education for Coexistence with Wildlife

University of Alberta

The Edmonton Urban Coyote Project began in 2009 and is based in the lab of Dr. Colleen Cassady St. Clair at the University of Alberta. It addresses rising reports by people of conflict with coyotes that are occurring in Edmonton and other cities across North America. Colleen and her students work collaboratively with the City of Edmonton and Animal Damage Control to research both causes of and solutions for ...

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society – Sikome Beaver Coexistence Project.

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society

The Fish Creek Beaver Coexistence Project is aimed at balancing beaver and human needs throughout the park, and challenging negative perceptions about beavers. Coexistence devices, also known as pond levellers, and culvert exclusion fencing have been installed in some areas where current beaver activity is creating problems for visitors and for land managers responsible for pathways and stormwater ponds.

This project acknowledges that the visitor experience in ...

Aseniwuche Winewak Nation’s Caribou Patrol Program: 11 years of saving Alberta’s caribou

Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada

The Caribou Patrol Program is led by the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation (AWN) and therefore must build unity in our community by working together to preserve our land, language, and culture. We do this by preventing caribou deaths on Highway 40 during migration seasons and education to raise awareness of the issue among drivers and the public.

The sacred and important knowledge from our Elders guides ...

Plant Biodiversity Lab

Dr. Jana Vamosi at the University of Calgary

This research program has been operating with the mission to prevent the extinction of plants in Canada by identifying and maintaining resilient ecosystems that foster their persistence for 15 years.

In Canada, there are more than 650 plant species at some level of risk of extinction. Determining the level of risk for each species is a time-consuming endeavor. The vision of this research program is to ...

Impact of long-term behavioral studies on the management and conservation of ungulates

Dr. Kathreen Ruckstuhl at the University of Calgary

Dr. Ruckstuhl is particularly interested in what drives gregariousness, the social organization within groups, affinities and associations between group members, cost and benefits of group living, such as competition for food and mates, parasite and disease transmission, and cooperation, to name but a few aspects. She mainly studies different ungulate species in the field, mostly bighorn sheep and elk (or red deer). Current topics under investigation include among others: ...

Living with Wildlife

Dr. Shelley Alexander at the University of Calgary

Living with Wildlife is an initiative on the University of Calgary (UCalgary) campus that includes an active human-coyote co-existence program, combined with a public education and outreach website. The aim is the non-lethal prevention of conflict.

Education outreach is derived from ecological and community-based research conducted in Dr. Alexander’s Canid Conservation Science Lab (@canid_lab), infused with 30 years of personal experience in wolf and coyote ecology, conservation ...