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Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project. Presented to the ELT. By Glenn Desy Species at Risk Biologist September 21, 2010. Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project. Began in Summer of 2008 Existing SAR SF support through March 31, 2011

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Nagagami caribou stewardship project

Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project

Presented to the ELT

By Glenn Desy Species at Risk Biologist September 21, 2010


Nagagami caribou stewardship project

Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project

  • Began in Summer of 2008

  • Existing SAR SF support through March 31, 2011

  • Northeast Community Network and Northeast Superior Forest Community

  • Project summary

    • Year 1

    • Year 2

    • Year 3 (current year)


Nagagami caribou stewardship project

Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project

  • Year 1 Summary

    • Funding acquired by Quist, Sadowsky, and Genier. Desy assumed coordinator role in the Fall

    • Documented 2 groups of caribou (7 and 2 animals resp.)

    • Purchased 3 satellite collars, deployed 2 on female caribou

    • Documented calving, nursery areas, mortalities, and seasonal movements

    • Compiled LiDAR data for the study site

    • Conducted 19 ELC / caribou veg plots

    • Data analysis revealed weak correlations between LiDAR data and caribou forage (lichen) but showed strong association of local caribou with hydric / wet areas


Nagagami caribou stewardship project

Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project

  • Year 2 Summary

    • Desy coordinated. Core team included Quist and Hogg

    • Documented 2 groups of caribou (3 and 4 animals resp.)

    • Purchased 2 GPS collars, captured 2 male caribou, deployed no new collars, 1 collar remaining active on a female caribou from previous year

    • Documented calving, nursery areas, seasonal movements, and site fidelity

    • Conducted 71 ELC / caribou veg plots

    • Data analysis will test accuracy of interpretation of new eFRI with respect to wetland polygons – bogs, fens, swamps – based on year 1 findings of caribou occurrence in wet areas


Nagagami caribou stewardship project

Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project

  • Year 2 Summary


Nagagami caribou stewardship project

Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project

  • Year 3 Summary

    • New Hearst B-Salary caribou biologist to assume coordinator role. Core team includes Quist and Hogg

    • Work remaining for 2010 / 11

      • Winter caribou distribution surveys

      • Caribou collaring – possess 4 satellite / GPS collars

      • Coordinating data entry and analysis

      • Final Report writing (due in March 2011)

      • Legal agreement and fiscal management

      • Deciding on future project direction


Nagagami caribou stewardship project

Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project

  • Recommendations for Future Project Direction

    • Deploy all available caribou collars – resulting information is invaluable!

    • Acquire funding for this from any available sources – SARB, CCP implementation, Regional SAR annual work program planning, SAR Stewardship Fund, Fish and Wildlife SPA, etc.

    • Reduce District involvement in terms of project management, summer fieldwork, data analysis, report writing

    • Consider involving new project partners – NESI, university graduate students, etc.


Nagagami caribou stewardship project

Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project

  • Benefits of Project To-date

    • Increasing certainty about local caribou population size and distribution

    • Documenting calving, nursery areas, mortalities, seasonal movements, site fidelity – @ southern edge of range

    • Contributing to FMP planning and development of DCHS’s

    • Contributing to provincial ELC database

    • Testing hypotheses related to caribou habitat suitability

    • Providing training opportunities for MNR staff, Ontario Stewardship Rangers, and local First Nations

    • Increasing local awareness


Nagagami caribou stewardship project

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