In 2017, the CMU initiated the Ecosystem Monitoring Camera Program in collaboration with the University of Alberta, Government of Alberta and RICC. The program was designed to monitor responses of various species to existing management actions over time in northeastern Alberta.
Remote cameras will be used to monitor changes in relative abundance and activity levels of ungulates (moose, deer, woodland caribou), predators (wolves, bears, coyotes, lynx, foxes, and cougars) and various medium-sized mammals in the West Side Athabasca River (WSAR), East Side Athabasca River (ESAR), and Cold Lake caribou ranges to better understand what management approaches could support caribou recovery. The program will also sample the Boreal Plains caribou range in Saskatchewan as a reference area.
Stay tuned for more information as the project is developed.