Remote cameras increasing popularity to collect a variety of wildlife data about occupancy, habitat use, population density, human interaction, and so much more cannot be denied. Even though they can be incredibly useful, it may sometimes seem like “the answer is remote cameras; it doesn’t matter what the question is”. With all research, however, planning stems from the research question and creating a stud design that will provide the right data for the right analysis that will provide credible, robust answers.
If you work with or are planning to work with remote cameras, you won’t want to miss this workshop! Join the remote camera experts from Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute as they discuss study design and flow, strategies to get the best data, and lessons learned along the way.
This workshop is virtual, but Part 2 of the remote camera workshop will be held in person at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Come for one part or both; tickets for each are sold separately.
Tickets are $20 for non-members; $10 for members; $5 for students.
Dr. Anne Hubbs
Dr. Anne Hubbs is a Senior Wildlife Biologist for Alberta Environment and Parks. During her 20-year career with the government, she has contributed to big game management, species at risk recovery, decision-making science, population modeling and disease management. She has worked as an area biologist throughout the province, and with Policy Branch as the Big Game Specialist for Alberta. She is co-chair of the Alberta Remote Camera Steering Committee and involved in several collaborative projects involving camera traps. Prior to her career with the government, she conducted research in Europe and worked as a consultant for the Ontario government. She earned her Master’s in Ecology from the University of Toronto and PhD in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario.
Marcus Becker is a research analyst with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) and handles a wide variety of tasks including the design of remote camera-based studies and image data analysis for research on mammal biodiversity in the province. Marcus is based out of Edmonton with his wife and cat and spends most of his spare time expending large amounts of effort pretending to be a professional cyclist.
Melanie works closely with multi-stakeholder groups to design and implement collaborative landscape-level mensurative experiments. Melanie is interested in understanding the mechanisms in which human habitat-alteration and climate interact to influence the predator and prey community related to caribou declines in western Canada. Melanie initially conducted her master’s research with Dr. Stan Boutin at the University of Alberta, working to understand how linear features influence wolf movement behaviors. Melanie is now pursuing a PhD at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan.
Corrina Copp is the Information Centre Director with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). She has been actively involved in the development of WildTrax, and project managing the implementation of new features and functionalities to support user needs. She also led the management, processing and data quality of ABMI’s remote camera data. She earned her Master’s degree in Restoration and Conservation Ecology from Memorial University. Corrina lives in Edmonton with her family. She enjoys being a mom, and spending time exploring the vast wilderness and landscapes of Alberta and Canada with her family.
“Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques”
Embark on a journey of precision and insight with the Lethbridge College Wildlife Analytics Lab (WAL) at the ACTWS Conference in Jasper! Join our workshop, ‘Rooted in Wisdom: Deer Aging Techniques‘, to explore the secrets hidden within wildlife teeth. Explore both the field technique of ‘tooth eruption and wear’ and the laboratory marvel of ‘cementum analysis’ – both dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of ungulate ages. Delve into the heart of these techniques, comparing their accuracy and precision, with a revelation of the superior accuracy of cementum analysis. Learn the art of tooth extraction and witness the seamless process of submitting your own wildlife teeth to the WAL for aging through cementum analysis. Elevate your understanding of deer populations and contribute to the advancement of wildlife knowledge and bolster your resume with applied experience. Participants will gain hands-on familiarity with the field technique of jaw aging, and the lab process of tooth extraction, inspection, preparation, and cementum analysis. Join us in Jasper for a transformative experience at the intersection of field expertise and cutting-edge laboratory analysis!
Facilitated by the Wildlife Analytics Lab, Lethbridge College
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In this context, it is not in reference to a legal professional designation.