Wetlands are known to provide excellent waterfowl habitat but #DYK they are also home to many mammals? Let's celebrate #wetland mammals this #MammalWeek such as boreal caribou, moose, and of course, beavers! pic.twitter.com/RMHEJniH4I Retweeted by Fiera Biological

This is a first-time situation for me. #Coyote roaming about outside our @UofAALES building. We do a lot of work with conservation biology & wildlife issues but this is a bit surprising. #yeg pic.twitter.com/nOUroZe2j6 Retweeted by Fiera Biological

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Migratory Birds: spring is in the air

calendar icon March 22, 2017

I know it doesn’t feel a lot like spring today but, believe it or not, warming spring sunshine is on its way. Soon we will be waking to the sounds of robins and goldfinches outside our windows, rather than the neighbour’s snowblower! Speaking of robins and goldfinches, did you know that it is illegal in Canada to hurt, possess, or even harass a bird, nest, or nesting territory of a bird protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act? Read more

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Posted in: Biological Resource Assessments, Wildlife Research and Monitoring

migratory bird nest, nest sweep, nests, migratory bird convention act, song birds, nest searches, avian studies, bird studies, ornithology, point counts,

The Fiera Top Five Highlights of 2016

calendar icon December 28, 2016

What a great year 2016 was for Fiera Biological. We landed new clients, formed new working relationships, hired new talent, and ventured into new lines of business. Honestly, so much happened in 2016 that there is just too much to report in this blog, so we’re narrowing our focus to the top 5 highlights of 2016.

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Posted in: Biological Resource Assessments, Environmental Planning, GIS and Remote Sensing, News, Notes from the Field, Wildlife Research and Monitoring

Wetland Inventory and Loss Assessment

calendar icon December 12, 2016

Wetlands are important. You don’t have to take our word for it, lots of other folks agree. Environment Canada, for instance, says that wetlands are “among the most productive habitats on Earth”, and goes on to say that “if we continue to lose wetlands, a large and important piece of the natural system that keeps our world healthy will disappear.” The Government of Alberta agrees too! The Alberta Wetland Policy states that wetlands “play an important role in sustaining healthy watersheds by protecting water quality, providing water storage and infiltration, providing habitat for wildlife, fish and plants, and sustaining biodiversity.” Even industry organizations like the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) state that “wetlands are vital to the sustainability of ecosystems as they filter water, store carbon, recharge groundwater, protect biological diversity and act as flood protection.”

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Wetland inventory, wetland condition, remote sensing, UAV, Drone, Satellite imagery, landscape planning, conservation planning, municipal policy, municipal planning, wetland conservation, wetland management, land management, stewardship

Connecting Habitats in Urban Landscapes

calendar icon October 15, 2016

Habitat Connectivity

A lot of planning goes in to designing a North American City. Area Structure Plans that lay out specific land uses, transportation systems, population goals, provision of essential services and facilities, and considers things like expected population growth, and types and sources of employment often happen decades in advance of development.

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Gone Batty! Detecting Bats in Alberta

calendar icon July 17, 2016

At Fiera Biological, we know a lot about nature and wildlife. A lot of what we know we have learned through years of observation – not just in the course of wildlife consulting, but in our every day outdoor activities.  At the coffee shop, for sure, some of us are people watchers, but once we are out of doors, we are all bird beholders, squirrel spyers, lily lookers, frog fixators, orchid oglers, and coyote casers. I don’t mean to brag, but from a hundred meters away, we can detect and properly identify species by sounds most people might not recognize as being from wildlife at all. Some of our wildlife consultants are expert trackers too; we can look at scuffmarks in the snow, and see the tell-tail sign of a least weasel passing by, or note that both a wolf and a coyote has passed by while stepping in the footprints of a boreal caribou. I know, impressive, right? We’re pretty up to date on our plants too. Grasses? Got’em covered. Mosses? … not a problem. Still there are things that we can’t do. For instance, we don’t have ultrasonic hearing, and that is a problem when one of our clients needs us to identify the species of bat occurring at a proposed development, or to determine if a particular bit of habitat is being utilized by bats.

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