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Muskies in the Wolastoq (St. John) River don’t eat salmon smolts

Kevin “Dani” Danielle

Posted: Sep 16, 2021

Category: Wildlife ecology



The Result: In 2018, researchers at the Canadian River Institute studied the stomach contents of 96 Muskellunge (muskies) and found no evidence salmon in those stomachs. Reasons why muskies don’t eat salmon include: 1) other fish are more abundant and muskies eat those instead; and 2) salmon smolts pass near muskies at times when the latter is less motivated to eat. The Article: Andrews,...

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UPEI Climate Lab tracks growing effects of eroding PEI shoreline using a fleet of drones, and they’ll give you control of CLIVE to see for yourself

Kevin “Dani” Danielle

Posted: Aug 25, 2021

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Working from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Climate Lab, Adam Fenech is commanding a fleet of drones – the largest by a Canadian university – to measure the erosion of the island’s coastline, part of the effects of climate change. Faculty, students, and interns use tools from drone imagery to video game software to get the broader public to reconsider the real...

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Measuring the ecological impacts of spruce budworm outbreaks as researchers find ways around COVID-19 lockdowns, travel restrictions

Kevin “Dani” Danielle

Posted: Aug 4, 2021

Category: Watersheds



In this article, we provide an update on the work by six researchers who are conducting a large-scale experiment to assess the impacts of outbreaks by a native forest pest, spruce budworm (SBW), or their prevention, on forest watersheds and their ecosystem processes. We’re also covering some of the adjustments the researchers made to get around the issue of the provincial border closures...

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Getting foresters, researchers and end-users on the same knowledge exchange page

Kevin “Dani” Danielle

Posted: Jul 21, 2021

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Getting the latest information from those who produce it to those who need to use it lies at the core of decision making by governments, industry and the general public. In order to act upon the most relevant, up to date information, the process of knowledge exchange – getting it from producers to users – requires a seamless, efficient process, yet science communication experts...

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Recent population volatility of north-eastern deer in NB and options for management

Kevin “Dani” Danielle

Posted: Jul 6, 2021

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Recent population volatility of north-eastern deer in NB and options for management This is the second blog in series on the concerns around the North-Eastern Deer Research Partnership. For part one Collaring and tracking deer populations in NB, we described a project that is tracking and monitoring white-tailed deer. This week, we’re looking at studies into the attitudes of individuals...

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Collaring and tracking deer populations in NB and Maine for forest management.

Kevin “Dani” Danielle

Posted: Jun 30, 2021

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Collaring and tracking deer populations in NB, Maine for forest management Over the next pair of posts, we plan to profile various researchers and project updates with the North-Eastern Deer Research Partnership, to understand the current circumstances of white-tailed deer populations in New Brunswick, especially in the north. Today, we’re looking at what goes into tracking and monitoring...

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Making a management plan for 1,500 hectares of forest in Noonan, NB

Kevin “Dani” Danielle

Posted: Jun 16, 2021

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The Noonan Research Forest (NRF), provided to the UNB campus as a space for research, presents a series of as-yet-untapped research potential. Thirteen ForEM students were assigned the task of making a management plan, which included several interconnected deliverables. Their client was the landowner representative, the UNB Office of Land Management. Forest management planning is a design...

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Medicine Walkers team maps educational trail inside the UNB Woodlot

Kevin Danielle

Posted: Jun 9, 2021

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We acknowledge the land of the project (UNB and the woodlot) is the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, covered treaties first signed with the British crown in 1725.The Medicine Walkers project shares insight into the Indigenous medicinal and ceremonial plants contained within the UNB Woodlot (a roughly 1,500-hectare forest), specifically in the sub-area of the Creighton...

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ForEM students present live-streamed capstone talks

Kevin "Dani" Danielle

Posted: May 28, 2021

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Nine teams of fourth-year students teleconferenced their poster presentations as part of the UNB Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management (ForEM) 4020 course capstones. The teams also prepared 20 to 30 minutes presentations live-streamed over Teams on Apr. 14 and 15, followed by a Q&A from an engaged audience including their project clients, members of faculty, fellow students, and...

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UNB student project examines the sustainability of the St. John River’s muskie population

UNB Newsroom

Posted: May 28, 2021

Category: Watersheds



A team of environmental management students at the University of New Brunswick have completed a project looking at the sustainability of the muskellunge in the St. John River. Fourth-year students Abby Culberson, Darren Greeley, Riley Lavender and Emily Ruttan carried out the research as part of this year’s 4020 Capstone Practicum course at UNB. The course requires multidisciplinary...

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The National Tree Seed Centre

Donnie McPhee, NRCAN CFS Atlantic Forestry Centre

Posted: Jan 5, 2021

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The National Tree Seed Centre Natural Resource Canada’s National Tree Seed Centre (NTSC), located within the Atlantic Forestry Centre in Fredericton, is the only long-term forest seed collection and storage facility in Canada that operates based on a national strategy that is focused on building research and conservation quality collections along with a robust database of easily...

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