Wetlands provide vital habitat for an abundance of aquatic and terrestrial species, including, migratory waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans). Many of these important wetland ecosystems can be found nestled within the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in Canada, as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Montana in the United States. So it almost doesn’t come as a surprise that the PPR provides suitable habitat for almost 50% of all North American migratory waterfowl populations to feed, breed, and stop-over during migration movements!
species at risk
Ord’s kangaroo rats are an amazing species, trust us, we could wax poetic for hours about their cute appearance and incredible adaptions. Instead, welcome to K-rat 101, an introduction to the wonderful world of Alberta’s nocturnal ninja. With no close relation to the invasive Norway rat, nor the leggy marsupials from Australia, the Ord’s kangaroo rat is part of a distinct group of rodents specially adapted to life in hot, arid environments. Although their native habitat consists of sandy dunes along western Canada’s Sandhills region, diminishing habitat has caused these specialized rodents to adapt to life along rural roadways, soil piles, and cultivated fields. Read AJM’s latest Field Notes to learn more about these nocturnal ninjas and one of Canada’s Species at Risk!
For fisheries biologists, the month of September is an exciting one, as it marks the spawning season for many of Alberta’s Bull Trout populations. Bull Trout is Alberta\’s provincial fish and it is becoming a rare breed. Populations are considered \”threatened\” or of \”special concern\”. Read AJM\’s latest blog to learn more about the species and how AJM is part of the BLTR conservation movement.
Invisible genetic codes in streams and lakes reveal what species are present!
Finding certain species in aquatic environments can be challenging. Accurately and precisely mapping where they are can be time consuming and costly. Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a rapidly growing technology that’s use is skyrocketing to monitor fish and amphibians in complex environments. Learn more about this ‘go to’ approach and why industry, government and environmental professionals are using it to address various challenges.