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
The federal government is proposing to designate the waters around the Scott Islands, a vital haven for seabirds off the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, as a marine national wildlife area. The CWE's long-term research on Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets on Triangle Island was instrumental in this recommendation.
CWE PhD student Simon Valdez-Juarez's brilliant photo of a hovering Yellow Warbler netted third prize in "Science Exposed", the national photo competition sponsored by NSERC. In the time between its banding and being captured on camera the tiny, nine gram bird migrated from Canada to Mexico four times!
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.