The Centre for Wildlife Ecology is a collaboration between Simon Fraser University and Environment Canada. Its mission is:
- to foster high quality, graduate training and research
- to conduct basic and applied research in wildlife ecology
- to provide knowledge and personnel that will help Environment Canada and other agencies meet the challenges of conservation in the 21st century.
NEWS from the CWE
Collaborative research between the CWE and Environment Canada on the use of biofilm for fuel during shorebird migration is featured in an article in the Vancouver Sun. EC warns that the planned expansion of the Port of Vancouver at Roberts Bank poses "a risk of significant adverse environmental effects" to migratory shorbirds.
Should I stay or should I go? A new paper in the Journal of Field Ornithology by CWE PhD student Eveling Tavera and Dov Lank investigates how migration distance influences whether juvenile Semi-palmated Sandpipers fly to the breeding grounds or hang out on the beaches of Peru during their first summer.
The CWE, in collaboration with Bird Studies Canada, has established the first four Motus stations in western Canada. What is Motus, you ask? Motus is a coordinated hemispheric tracking system - the world's most ambitious bird tracking initiative. CWE grad student Chloe Boyton is using Motus to examine local and regional movements by threatened Barn Swallows.
Congratulations to Lauren MacFarland, the newest Master of Science from the CWE! Lauren's thesis examined the nesting habits of the brilliantly plumaged Lewis's Woodpecker in the Okanagan region of British Columbia.