Game changer! Introducing the amazing @SwarovskiOptik dG. This badass piece of Equipment identifies any bird you point it at and immediately gives you the species name to your phone via the #Merlin app. Truly revolutionary! pic.twitter.com/fRrEcLhxZ8 Retweeted by Fiera Biological

Can you tell if this is a White Tail or a Mule Deer? How do you know? #CameraTrapTuesday #AlbertaMammals pic.twitter.com/Eym3OJN9PB Retweeted by Fiera Biological

2019 Co-op Program

This spring I earned the opportunity to work with Fiera Biological Consulting in their 2019 Co-op Program as a Junior Environmental Specialist. As a freshly graduated Bachelor of Science student specialized in ecology, I was eager to learn everything I could about ecological consulting. The first thing that impressed me about Fiera was their desire to help me achieve my professional goals. Read more


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Wildlife Tracking Course – Class Notes

Last week Fiera Biological held a Wildlife Snow-tracking Course in Saskatoon. The two-day course offered is roughly a 50/50 mix of classroom and field-based instruction covering very basic elements of track identification such as deductive reasoning and where/how to look to see tracks and trail patterns, and quickly expands into more technical and advanced concepts and techniques such as foot and footprint morphology, biomechanics, forensic preservation of tracks, and a suite of discriminative criteria. The first day was classroom-based on campus at the University of Saskatchewan in a large, well equipped and comfortable classroom. The all-day instructional lecture drew on nearly 400 PowerPoint slides to convey an immense amount of information. Read more


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Wildlife Snow-tracking Course – Saskatoon

Wildlife Snow-tracking for Professionals.

We are very excited to announce that we will be conducting a Wildlife Snow-Tracking for Professionals course in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

If you are a professional, an aspiring professional, or a keen naturalist, this is a great course for you. A 50/50 mix of class room and practical field work will help hold your attention, lay a foundation for life-long niche skillset. The course will consist of a day-long classroom session on Monday, February 4th, and a day in the field on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019.

Ideal for professionals seeking confidence in track identification, this workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to identify wildlife tracks in snow. Suitable for beginners and experts, the course will cover the kinds of data that can be collected, and the ways data can be used infer information about individuals and populations, in addition to the basics of snow track identification. Over the course of two days, participants will work towards accurate, confident, and efficient identification of similar species.  Read more


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Just for fun – Snow-tracking Quiz.

We have just announced our Wildlife Snow-tracking for Professionals Course, and thought we’d shrug off the seriousness for a moment, and offer up a Just for fun – Snow-tracking Quiz in celebration.

The Wildlife Snow-tracking for Professionals Course has been a long time coming. The materials and techniques have been compiled over a decade. Last December we tested some of the materials through a condensed workshop, primarily aimed at students, but attended by students, naturalists, hunters, field biologists, and professional trackers. We received a lot of good feedback, identified some gaps, and are ready to offer a full-on 2-day course aimed primarily at professionals, but open to anyone who is interested in learning to identify wildlife tracks in snow.

Enjoy the quiz.

Just for fun – Snow-tracking Quiz


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Wildlife Snow-Tracking For Professionals

Fiera Biological is pleased to announce that it will be offering a Wildlife Snow-Tracking for Professionals course in Edmonton, Alberta. The course will consist of a day-long classroom session on Thursday, January 10, and a day in the field on Friday, January 11, 2019.

Ideal for professionals seeking confidence in track identification, this workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to identify Alberta wildlife tracks in snow. Suitable for beginners and experts, the course will cover the kinds of data that can be collected, and the ways data can be used infer information about individuals and populations, in addition to the basics of snow track identification. Over the course of two days, participants will work towards accurate, confident, and efficient identification of similar species.  Read more


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