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4. Bear encounter & almost famous

Grizzly encounter I ‘ve been in Canada for over a month now, during a lot of my walks to put out cameras I came across bear tracks (in the mud, in the snow…). Up until yesterday, I just had seen Grizzlies from the car, but yesterday we came face to face with a grizzly bear during one of our hikes. We just had put out a camera and we were heading up a mountain to put out a second camera…  We were walking on a path which was surrounded by dense vegetation and after one of the turns, I … Read more

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3. First Grizzly, Northern Lights, and so much more…

Study Area First of all, after this one day of 30°C, the temperature dropped in Edmonton as well to about 20°C. About a week ago I left Edmonton for the real fieldwork. We moved to a cabin near Cadomin, east side of the Rocky Mountains, next to Jasper National Park. The biggest town around is Hinton. There is a lot of mining in the area and the herbivores like to graze around this open grass areas. In the picture below you see elks grazing near the mine in the evening. First Grizzly bear On Friday we had to leave … Read more

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2. Edmonton

Equipment & field site The last few days I have spent in Edmonton. I was preparing some field equipment (cleaning camera traps, testing bear collars, checking SD cards) and getting in though with interesting people… We had a quick visit to the field site and check the cabin we will be sleeping in for at least some weeks. I already saw a lot of birds and mammals.Near the study site, we saw bighorn sheep, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer and a coyote. No pictures yet, but I included a picture of the cabin. Most of my time I’ll be … Read more

Canada-start

1. First fieldwork position – Canada – Start

Hello, I started this blog because I’ll go to Canada this summer (2013) to join a research project on Grizzly bears as a field technician of UBC (University of British Colombia, Canada). I’ll leave the 1st of May, for at least 3 months. I’ll try to put some updates on this blog, although I just have internet access once a week. So, that’s about it for now. Read more about me and my other projects Want to read more about Canada Other blog articles from my adventure in 2013:1. First fieldwork position – Canada – Start2. Edmonton3. First Grizzly, … Read more

Slovakia 2013

White Wilderness 2013: Back to Slovakia

First year as member of the staff After taking part in the White Wilderness Project of the Slovak Wildlife Society in 2012, I manage to get back out there as part of the staff. I was going to be the Volunteer Team Leader (VLT). This meant I was going to pick up and drop off volunteers in Bratislava, taking care of equipment, and overall looking after the volunteers. The week before the project started I was already on site to check the equipment and make an inventory to see what else we needed to make it through this next … Read more

Slovakia 2012: White Wilderness

Slovakia 2012: White Wilderness/Carpathian Wolf Watch

How I got to Slovakia After getting my degree as a Master of Science in Biology, I noticed I didn’t have that much field experience. So, I started wondering around the internet in search for opportunities. Soon enough I figured out most of the volunteer projects ask for a fee to participate. I kept searching for opportunities and at the same time, I got an e-mail in my University inbox about potential funding for an internship which will help you in the later life to find a job. BINGO, I had a plan! So it happened, I applied for … Read more

Canadian Rockies 2010

Trip report: Canadian Rockies – 2010

Canadian Rockies: Yoho, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Kananaskis, Waterton, Glacier, Vancouver & more… After a month of fieldwork in eastern Canada, I took a flight the west, visiting The Canadian Rockies, a little bit of the U.S. and Vancouver. This story is back from 2010, but it was a great experience I want to share. I’ll focus on where I’ve been and what animals I’ve seen. Hopefully, I can inspire some people to go and visit this magnificent place. I was there from the beginning of August until September 15th 2010. I will start with a couple of tips: Book trips/campsites … Read more

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MSc Thesis: Damselfly Research – Canada East Coast (2010)

Master thesis on damselflies in Canada In 2010, I went with a PhD student to Canada for one Month. Our goal was to find a damselfly, called E. irene, and study them in a lot of different sites. This species of damselfly has a very species occurrence. There are actually two morphs of females: one that looks like a female, and one which looks like a male. Weird? Well, there is a benefit for females to look like males, so they get less harassment (energy consuming) from males. I joined the researcher around Quebec and we went north along … Read more