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Calling Citizen Scientists: Meso-carnivore Project (Morning)

Are you curious about the black bear photos and appearances in Elk Island National Park? Are you interested in Citizen Science? We could use your assistance on Sunday, September 7th 2014 with the meso-carnivore project.

You MUST be a member of the Friends of Elk Island Society in order to be included under our insurance policy. Therefore we ask only members or those wishing to register as members to register for this event. Individual memberships are $15 and family memberships are $25. We will meet at the Entrance to Elk Island National Park in the visitor center parking lot and carpool out to the sites.

We will visit 4 wildlife camera sites to check for DNA hair samples, switch out memory cards and re-stock bait (extremely smelly paste). As the PhD student, Frances Stewart says, “It is smelly and tasty to them,” Stewart says, “but it’s pretty putrid when it gets to 27 C.”

Some hiking is in store but no more than ~2 km for the morning. Ensure you bring water, food, sunscreen, bug spray, good hiking boots, rubber boots (some wet areas), a camera and a sense of adventure. There is one high fence that needs to be climbed to get to a site. If anyone is uncomfortable we can skip that site and I can do it later. We will provide any equipment required for the study, bear spray, first aid kit and transportation to sites.

We look forward to meeting you. Feel free to ask questions below. If anyone can carpool to Elk Island National Park please post below as well. 

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  • Dani T.

    Sorry guys, can't make it :(

    September 7, 2014

  • Jo

    I sprained my arm badly last week doing home renovations so cannot make it.

    September 7, 2014

  • Lynne

    Sorry to miss this but I've had company arrive this weekend. Enjoy everyone!

    September 6, 2014

  • Kei C.

    Would love to finally participate in this project, but I'll need a ride out to the park. Is anyone leaving from Edmonton?

    August 19, 2014

    • Ian B.

      Sounds good. I will be at the university at 8 am by the General services building loading docks. :)

      September 1, 2014

    • Kei C.

      Sounds good Ian! I'll be there :)

      September 3, 2014

  • Suz

    I would have loved to participate in this, but unfortunately for me will be in Ontario that date. I hope there are more events like this!

    August 18, 2014

    • Ian B.

      The next camera check will be October 5th. I hope that this date works better for your schedule. :)

      1 · September 1, 2014

    • Suz

      That does work for me. Looking forward to it - thanks for the heads up! :)

      September 2, 2014

  • Ian B.

    If anyone needs a carpool. I will be leaving from the U of A at 8 am. Meet by the U of A general services bldg loading dock NW of SUB by the parkade. Thanks. :)

    September 1, 2014

  • Penny C.

    I joined this group just today. I work a 2X2 rotation at a diamond mine and would love to participate in any activities. I will be home on 10 Sept for my regular two weeks off.

    August 25, 2014

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