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 checking this camera traps (after we put them in the field ;)). We will put them on trails to check how humans and wildlife are using the trail system, more specific where and when either people and/or wildlife is moving around. I checked already some pictures from last year, and it looks promising. Additional to this camera traps the research team I’m joining has 8 collared Grizzly bears, which are all still working after the winter. We might try to recapture some to renew the collar.
Off course I took some time to explore the city of Edmonton. Apparently, it has the 4th biggest shopping centre in northern America, so I went to check it out. There was also AC inside to make my day easier.
Soon I figured out why it’s one of the biggest… there is a water park, some aquarium with a sea lion and some reptiles, and a roller coaster included. Besides that I had a social life as well, watching ice hockey in a pub with some PhD students, we went for some drinks, did some BBQ-ing. Oh yeah, btw yesterday was 30°C.
Hopefully, my next post will be from out in the field.
Want to read more about Canada
Other blog articles from my adventure in 2013:
1. First fieldwork position – Canada – Start
3. First Grizzly, Northern Lights, and so much more…
4. Bear encounter & almost famous
5. Camera trap stories, Jasper National Park, & Accommodation
6. Canada 2013: Update past month
7. Let’s Go Outdoors: Grizzlies in the Rockies