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

Archive for Notes from the Field

Point Count Surveys – birds, birds, birds.

calendar icon April 5, 2017

Birding season is coming!

This week, I heard my first robin of the season. That bubbly, cheery song, like nothing else, tells me that spring is here… and that more birds are on their way! I’m not sure which I’m most excited about. Yes, I’m one of those weird people who loves birds. Not that liking birds is weird, but the thing I look forward to most is conducting bird point count surveys, which involves waking up really, really early. That’s the weird part, I guess. Read more

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

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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

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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Perspective Matters: Wetland Assessments

calendar icon June 8, 2016

Every spring we get swamped with a slough of requests to delineate the boundaries and evaluate the condition of wetlands throughout Alberta. What makes a wetland a wetland is a surprise to most people who, when asked, imagine cattails and mallard ducks swimming in open water. In fact, although open-water wetlands are an important class of wetland, they aren’t the only one, or even the most common, or most threatened. Technically speaking, wetlands are actually defined by soil and vegetation characteristics, which is handy because if we had to depend on the presence of open-water and ducks, we would be missing the majority of wetlands in Alberta. Seasonal and temporary wetlands are just as important from an ecological perspective, especially to the organisms that depend on them, and they offer humans ecological services such as flood prevention, and natural water purification.

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Fiera Biological Consulting has wetland specialists who can help identify, delineate, avoid, mitigate and compensate