Always a pleasure to catch the beautiful Canada Warbler and today we’ve caught 4! Unfortunately this species is listed as Threatened on the Species at Risk Act as it has declined by 62% between 1970 and 2014. This hatch year male is about to embark on a 3,000 mile journey south! pic.twitter.com/n156ZmS8sq Retweeted by Fiera Biological

#fieldworkfriday Understanding the #impact of a proposed #development on #naturalfeatures often means getting your feet wet. Here, Dr. Shari Clare is sporting her favourite #fieldfashion, while assessing a #wetland in Central #Alberta. #ecology #assessment #conservation pic.twitter.com/wj2Vpfy06i

Evidence of Excellence

How do you measure excellence?

We strive for consulting excellence, professional achievement, and community engagement.

We offer up our involvement with our community of professional, scientific, and conservation organizations; examples of technical reports that our clients have made public, and what we feel is an impressive list of peer reviewed scientific publications as evidence of excellence.

Community Involvement

We endeavor to stay engaged and contribute to our personal and professional communities through service to a variety of organizations. Over the last several years, staff members at Fiera Biological have volunteered their time to serve on various committees and boards, including:

Selected Technical Reports

Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. 2019. An Evaluation of Municipal-Provincial Wetland Management Partnerships in Alberta. Prepared for the County of Vermilion River & The City of Calgary. Fiera Biological Consulting Report # 1859.

Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. 2018. Blindman River Riparian Assessment. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1834. Prepared for the Agroforestry & Woodlot Extension Society (AWES), Edmonton, Alberta. Pp. 39.

Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. 2018. Strawberry Watershed Riparian Area Assessment. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1773. Prepared for the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Edmonton, Alberta. Pp. 110.

Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. 2018. Sturgeon Watershed Riparian Area Assessment. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1762. Prepared for the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Edmonton, Alberta. Pp. 114.

Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. 2018. Modeste Watershed Riparian Area Assessment. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1652. Prepared for the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Edmonton, Alberta. Pp. 101.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2017. Biophysical Assessment for the Elan Neighbourhood, 2017 Update. Report prepared for Dream Development. Fiera Biological Consulting Report Number 1722.

Clare, S., S. Koenig, and D.Roberts. 2017. Implications of Climate Change for Alberta’s Wetlands. Report prepared for Alberta NAWMP (North American Waterfowl Management Plan) Partnership. Fiera Biological Consulting Report Number 1662-2016. [winner of Alberta Society of Professional Biologists Publication Award – 2018 – In the category of biological technical report]

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2016. Parkland County Wetland Inventory & Historical Loss Assessment. Report prepared for Parkland County. Fiera Biological Report, October 2016. [winner of Alberta Society of Professional Biologists Publication Award – 2017 – In the category of biological technical report]

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2015. Leduc County Environmentally Significant Areas Study. Report prepared for Leduc County. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1358.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2014. Environmentally Significant Areas in Alberta: 2014 Update. Report prepared for the Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Report Number 1305. Pp. 51.

Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd (Fiera). 2014. Oldman Watershed Headwaters Indicator Project – Final Report (Version 2014.1). Edmonton, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1346.

Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd (Fiera). 2014. Species Status 2014 Update in Northwestern Alberta for the DMI FMAs. Final Report prepared for Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., Peace River, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Report.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd). 2013. State of the Watershed Report – Phase 3: Water Quantity and Basic Water Quality in the Athabasca Watershed. Report prepared for the Athabasca Watershed Council. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1234.

Clare, S. and G. Sass. 2012. Riparian lands in Alberta: Current state, conservation tools, and management approaches. Report prepared for Riparian Land Conservation & Management Team, Alberta Water Council, Edmonton, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. Report #1163.

Clare, S. and G. Sass. 2012. Environmental Resources Inventory. Report prepared for the Town of Chestermere, Chestermere, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd. Report #1222.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2012. Athabasca State of the Watershed Report: Phase 2. Report prepared for the Athabasca Watershed Council. Fiera Biological Consulting Report #1142. Pp. 100.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2010. Aquatic Environmentally Significant Areas in Alberta. Report prepared for Alberta Environment, Edmonton, Alberta. Fiera Biological Consulting Report Number 9030-2. Pp. 66.

Fiera (Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.). 2007. Species Accounts for High-Risk Flora and Fauna in Northwest Alberta: A Guide to Recognition, Species Issues, and Mitigation Opportunities. Report prepared for Daishowa Marubeni International Ltd. 348 pp. [winner of Alberta Society of Professional Biologists Publication Award – 2008 – In the category of a publication communicating biological information to the general public

Maxcy, K., S. Morrison, and S. Clare. 2007. Vegetation Response to Disturbance: Implications for Range Recovery for the Little Smoky and A la Peche Caribou Herds. Report prepared for Caribou Landscape Management Association. Fiera Biological Consulting Ltd.

Bayne, E., C. Gray, and J. Litke. 2006. ABMP Winter Tracking Via Snowmobile. 2005/06 Protocol Assessment. The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Alberta, Canada.

Clare, S., and J. Like. 2005. Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program 2005 snow-tracking protocol trial: can snowmobiles be used to access cutlines and trails for snow-track surveys in the mountains?  Fiera Biological Consulting Report Prepared for Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Edmonton, AB.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Cao, S. B. Danielson, S. Clare, S. Koenig, C. Campos-Vargas, and A. Sanchez-Azofeifa. 2019. Radiometric calibration assessments for UAS-borne multispectral cameras: Laboratory and field protocols. Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 148, 132-145.

Salaria, S., R. Howard, S. Clare, and I.F, Creed. 2018. Incomplete Recovery of Plant Diversity in Restored Prairie Wetlands on Agricultural Landscapes. Restoration Ecology. 10.1111/rec.12890.

Koenig, S. J. and D. J. Bender. 2017. Generalizing matrix structure affects the identification of least-cost paths and patch connectivity. Theoretical Ecology.

Bing Lu, Yuhong He, Hugh Liu. 2017. Mapping vegetation biophysical and biochemical properties using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)-acquired imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing (Published online).

Cameron Proctor, Bing Lu, Yuhong He. 2017. Determining the absorption coefficients of decay pigments in decomposing monocots. Remote Sensing of Environment 199, 137-153.

Bing Lu, Yuhong He. 2017. Species classification using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-acquired high spatial resolution imagery in a heterogeneous grassland. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 128:73 – 85.

Pimentel, S., Flowers, G.E., Sharp, M.J., Danielson, B., Copland, L., Van Wychen, W., Duncan, A. and Kavanaugh, J. 2017. Modelling intra-annual dynamics of a major marine-terminating Arctic glacier. Annals of Glaciology, doi: 10.1017/aog.2017.23

Barth,R. C. Davis, K. Sadownyk, and S. Clare. 2016. Stony Industrial West Integrated Stormwater Management and Wetland Preservation Concept. Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, WEFTEC 2016: Session 310 through Session 325, pp. 400-427(28).

Doxsey-Whitfield, E., K. MacManus, S.B. Adamo, L. Pistolesi, J. Squires, O. Borkovska, and S.R. Baptista. 2015. Taking advantage of improved census data: A first look at the Gridded Population of the World, Version 4. Papers in Applied Geography 1(3):226-234.

Clare, S., and I. F. Creed. 2014. Tracking wetland loss to improve evidence-based wetland policy learning and decision making. Wetlands Ecology and Management: DOI 10.1007/s11273-013-9326-2.

Clare, S., N. Krogman, and K. J. Caine. 2013. The “balance discourse”: A case study of power and wetland management. Geoforum 49:40–49.

Clare, S. and N. Krogman. 2013. Bureaucratic slippage and environmental offset policies: the case of wetland management in Alberta. Society and Natural Resources 26(6): 672-687.

Danielson, B. D. and M. J. Sharp. 2013. Development and application of a time-lapse photograph analysis method to investigate the link between tidewater glacier flow variations and supra glacial lake drainage events. Journal of Glaciology 59(214), 287-301.

Van Wychen, W., L. Copland, L. Gray, D. Burgess, B. Danielson and M. Sharp. 2012. Spatial and temporal variation of ice motion and ice flux from Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut, Canada. Journal of Glaciology 58(210), 657-664.

Herdes, E., L. Copland, B. Danielson, and M. Sharp. 2012. Relationships between iceberg plumes and sea-ice conditions on northeast Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut, Canada. Annals of Glaciology 53(60) 1-9.

Clare, S., N. Krogman, L. Foote, and N. Lemphers. 2011. Where is the avoidance in wetland law and policy? Wetlands Ecology and Management. 19(2): 165-182.

Clare, S., N. Krogman, and A.L. Foote. Submitted April 2010. Looking back: Understanding the history and political ecology of wetland management in Alberta. In: L. Adkin, N. Krogman, and B. Miller (Eds.). The Political Ecology of Alberta. Rutledge.

Lamb, E.G., E. Bayne, G. Holloway, J. Schieck, S. Boutin, J. Herbers, and D.L. Haughland. 2009. Indices for monitoring biodiversity change: are some more effective than others? Ecological Indicators 9: 432-444.

Wheatley, M.T., J.T. Fisher, K. Larsen, J. Litke, and S. Boutin. 2005. Using GIS to relate small mammal abundance and landscape structure at multiple spatial extents: the northern flying squirrel in Alberta, Canada.  Journal of Applied Ecology 42, 577–586.

Wilhelm, F.M., A.K. Hardie, A.S. McNaught, S.L. Clare. 1998. Large suprabenthic Daphnia middendorffiana from and alpine lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Canadian Field Naturalist 112: 419-424.

 

Conference Presentations

  • Clare, S. Improving Wetland Management Outcomes in Canada. 2019. 9th Canadian Agri-food Policy Conference. February 13 to 15, 2019.
  • Danielson, B., T. Manning, R. Milikin, R. Joy, M. Harrison, J. Komaromi, D. Henderson. 2018. Mapping Critical Habitat for Sage Thrashers Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Enhance Monitoring and Management. Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference. March 10, 2018.
  • Clare, S. 2017. Practical Tools for Improving Water Quality in the North Saskatchewan River. North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Water Quality Forum. April 6, 2017.
  • Wyatt, F. 2017. A geomatics based approach to assessing wetland condition and rates of historic loss in Parkland County. GEO Alberta, Western Canada’s Premier GeoSpatial Conference. March 21, 2017. Calgary Alberta.
  • Wyatt, F. 2017.  A drone’s-eye view: a new tool for assessing and monitoring wetland condition. GEO Alberta, Western Canada’s Premier GeoSpatial Conference. March 21, 2017. Calgary Alberta.
  • Danielson, B. 2017. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Considerations for the application of UAVs as a tool for environmental assessment and monitoring. GEO Alberta, Western Canada’s Premier GeoSpatial Conference. March 21, 2017. Calgary Alberta.
  • Koenig, S., S. Clare, and F. Wyatt. Big Buck Seeking Pretty Doe: Finding Ecological Connections in and Urban Landscape. Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society, March 18, 2017. Lac La Biche, Alberta.
  • Clare, S. 2017. Tools for identifying, mapping, and assessing riparian habitats in Alberta. Cochrane Environmental Action Committee and Bow River Basin Council. Collaborating for Healthy Riparian Lands: Engagement workshop for communities and municipalities, February 23, 2017. Cochrane, Alberta.
  • Clare, S. 2016. Avoid, minimize, and compensate: Pitfalls of the common decision sequence to protect wetlands. Webinar presentation at the request of Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme, August 3rd, 2016, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Clare, S. 2015. The Implementation Gap: Wetland Loss & Management in the Province of Alberta. Environmental Defence Society Conference, August 12, 2015, Aukland, NZ.
  • Clare, S., P. Boxall, and I. Creed. 2015. Cash for wetlands: Can the use of market-based interments improve wetland compensation outcomes in Alberta? Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions; Impact Innovation 2015. May 13, 2015, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Wyatt, F., S. Clare, and G. Holloway. 2014. The detection and mapping of Environmentally Significant Areas. Presented at ESRI Conference, September 17, 2014, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Clare, S. and N. Krogman. 2013. Bureaucratic Slippage and Environmental Offset Policies: The Case of Wetland Management in Alberta. Prairie Conservation & Endangered Species Conference, February 19-21, 2013. Red Deer, Alberta.
  • Clare, S., N. Krogman, and L. Foote. 2011. The cost of wetland loss: Bureaucratic slippage and wetland compensation in Alberta. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, June 4 to 8, 2011. Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Clare, S., N. Krogman, L. Foote, and N. Lemphers. 2011. Where is the avoidance in the implementation of wetland law and policy? 5th International Conference on Planning, Law, and Property Rights, May 26 to 29, 2011. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Foote, L., C. Irena, S. Bayley, G. Sass, S. Clare. 2010. Hydrological and biological considerations for wetland policy. Workshop on Wetlands Management, Economics, and Policy, January 13-15, 2010, Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Huennemeyer,A., S. Clare, M. Weber. 2010. Towards an ecosystem-based wetland compensation rule in Alberta. Workshop on Wetlands Management, Economics, and Policy, January 13-15, 2010, Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Krogman, N., S. Clare, L. Foote, N. Lemphers. The policy failures of avoidance in wetland policy. International Symposium for Society and Natural Resources, June 6 to 10, 2010. Huntsville, Texas, USA.
  • Krogman,N., N. Lemphers, L. Foote, S. Clare. 2010. Policy failures of avoidance in wetland policy. Workshop on Wetlands Management, Economics, and Policy, January 13-15, 2010, Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • Maxcy, K. and J. Litke. 2010. Seismic line successional recovery: implications for animal movement and weed invasion in the Boreal Forest. Presented at the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference, March 12 to 14, 2010, Red Deer, AB, Canada.
  • Clare, S., N. Krogman and L Foote. 2009. First avoid, then minimize, and as a last option compensate: the pitfalls of the common decision sequence to conserve wetlands. Presented at the Rural Sociological Society Meeting, July 29 to August 1, 2009, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Clare, S., L. Foote, and N. Krogman. 2009. Unintended outcomes? Examining the impacts of wetland policy on biodiversity in Central Alberta. Presented at the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference, March 6 to 8, 2009, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Clare, S., N. Krogman and L Foote. 2009. First avoid, then minimize, and as a last option compensate: the pitfalls of the common decision sequence to conserve wetlands. Presented at the Rural Sociological Society Meeting, July 29 to August 1, 2009, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Calon, K. and S. Clare. 2008. Managing for bird diversity in an urban landscape. Presented at Alberta’s Environment Conference, April 21 to 23, 2008, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Maxcy, K., S. Morrison, and S. Clare. 2008. Vegetation response to disturbance: implications for range recovery for the Little Smoky and A La Peche caribou herds. Presented at the Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference, February 28 to March 2, 2008, Red Deer, AB, Canada.