Atikokan Progress: Biology Interns Spending Summer Researching in Park

Quetico Foundation Biology Interns, Jared Stachiw and Katie Tripp, featured in an Article Progress article about backcountry canoe expeditions to do biology and forest fire data research in Quetico Provincial Park.

Online coverage http://atikokanprogress.ca/2018/08/21/biology-interns-spending-summer-doing-research-in-quetico-park/ and https://queticofoundation.org/atikokan-progress-biology-interns/

By |August 24th, 2018|Foundation News, Local news, Park News|Comments Off on Atikokan Progress: Biology Interns Spending Summer Researching in Park

Guest blog: Bat/bakwanaajii survey

Bat survey, Credit: Brian Jackson

Here are a couple pictures of Jessica Atatise taken myself, Brian Jackson, doing the bat/bakwanaajii survey funded by the Quetico Foundation (and yes, that is an official bat microphone pole).

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Long-Term Salamander Monitoring

The Quetico Foundation’s Long-Term Salamander Monitoring

Blue-spotted salamander, Credit: Brian Jackson

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Pre-Prescribed Burn Vegetation Monitoring in Quetico

Credit: Katie Tripp

Forest fires are recognized as a crucial force in the dynamic ecosystems of the boreal forest due to their revitalizing impacts on the landscape. Fire is also essential for certain plants and vegetation communities to grow and thrive – this is the case for Quetico’s iconic red and white pines. Red and white pine are fire-adapted species that require fire to produce the environmental conditions necessary for them to reproduce and germinate. Frequent fires in the boreal forest also increases spatial, structural, and biological diversity, and reduces forest fuel loads thus preventing large, intense burns.

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Historic fire research excursion launch

Quetico Foundation biologist interns Jared Stachiw and Katie Tripp heading out on another research trip. On this trip they will be surveying red pine stands along the northwest portion of the Park for old stumps to collect to be dated to assess the number of historic surface fires (see Red pine, fire and people for more info). This information will be used in developing an updated Fire Management Plan for Quetico over the next few years.

Katie and Jared head out to study red pine stands and collect historic surface fire data 1, Credit: Brian Jackson

By |July 17th, 2018|Foundation News, Park News|Comments Off on Historic fire research excursion launch

Introducing songbird monitoring research 2018

We all know bird songs to be beautiful, but as it turns out they can also be quite useful. Forest birds are a valuable and convenient indicator of forest health. These birds are sensitive to changes in ecosystem health, and their association with forest habitat makes them ideal for detecting fluctuations in forest condition. Each species of songbird has a unique call which allows for relatively easy identification of the species of songbirds within an area. Since 2014, Quetico Foundation summer research staff have assisted Quetico Provincial Park in the monitoring of songbird calls and the analysis of songbird data. Wildlife Acoustic’s SongMeters are used to record audio data at dawn when songbirds are most vocal. Once this data is collected (at the end of the summer) a technician can determine which birds were heard within the forest nearest to the SongMeter, and over the course of several years of data collection can observe trends in songbird populations. This long-term monitoring effort will be used by Quetico Park to assist in making informed management decisions. The data will provide information on the impacts of fire and other disturbances on songbird communities, bird species at risk, and provide a better understanding of how fragmented landscapes impact songbird migration.

By |July 6th, 2018|Foundation News, Park News|Comments Off on Introducing songbird monitoring research 2018

We are Canada – United by Canoe! August 9th Update

We are Canada – United by Canoe! Update

Here are a couple of pictures getting the voyageur canoes ready for our trip.

We are getting ready to bring together 21 diverse Canadians for a 6 day canoe trip along historical routes in Quetico Provincial Park in 3 voyageur canoes. The trip will end at the Lac La Croix First Nation Pow wow. The trip will bring together students from Quetico Foundation‘s scientific research team, Ridley Wilderness Youth Program participants, Indigenous youth from Mink Lake First Nations Youth Employment Program, and will led by a team of senior Park officials, Lac La Croix First Nation members and Quetico Foundation’s executive director!

Photo credits: Chris Stromberg

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Dendrochronology is a beautiful science

 

The Quetico Foundation’s Biology Intern Jared Stachiw, standing between a massive red and white pine on Burntside Lake. Photo Credit:  Brian Jackson.

 

Dendrochronology is a beautiful science – it allows us to date events that occurred in a tree’s life using patterns of annual growth rings, thus providing a glimpse of past forest conditions and influences.

From July 29th to August 4th an initial investigation of trees for evidence of historical use was conducted within Quetico Provincial Park. Present on this trip was the Quetico Park Biologist, Brian Jackson, two dendrochronology researchers from the United States, Dr. Evan Larson and Lane Johnson, and the Quetico Foundation’s Biology Intern, Jared Stachiw.

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A wonderful visit with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor

Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor paid a visit to Quetico Provincial Park on July 26th 2017 and had a particular interest in the Foundation’s research activities.

The Lieutenant Governor was in Quetico and specifically asked to meet with our students.

Our research team met with her, Tanny Wells, Quetico Foundation co-chair also did – our research team had the chance to deliver a hands on show and tell. Bird song recorder, crayfish trap, fire pattern tree regrowth samples and notes seen on table.

The Lieutenant Governor is even holding her new Quetico Foundation shirt!!

By |July 31st, 2017|Foundation News, Park News|Comments Off on A wonderful visit with Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor

July 12 2017 Summer Research Update

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A beautiful moon above a tall pine and the calm serene waters of Basswood Lake.

 

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Quetico Foundation’s Biology Intern Jared is in the field (in the wilderness of the park) doing some fire scar tree ring sampling to get a better understanding of the presence of fire frequency from this and other local stands of red pines.

 

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Jared paddles along Tuck Lake with Brian Jackson, Park Biologist.

 

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Our Student Summer Research Team also participated in Atikokan’s Canada 150 celebrations and helped lead the great local canoe paddle! Here’s Kirsten, Peter, and Marla – Ty was there too, providing Quetico Foundation information and teaching people about local wildlife and vegetation studies!

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