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1 Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project By Glenn Desy Species at Risk Biologist September 21, 2010 Presented to the ELT

2 2 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)

3 3 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

4 4 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

5 5 Nagagami Caribou Stewardship Project Year 2 Summary

6 6 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

7 7 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.

8 8 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

9 9 Questions?


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