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
Bird Studies Canada has instituted a new program aimed at protecting the Fraser River Estuary Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), which has been identified as an ‘IBA in Danger’ by BirdLife International. The CWE has conducted research on Western Sandpipers and other shorebirds for more than two decades at this site.
An article by former CWE student Lesley Evans Ogden that recently appeared in Audubon magazine featured research on Semipalmated Sandpipers by a huge team of scientists, including the CWE's Dov Lank. Geolocator data revealed surprising interconnections between breeding and wintering grounds of this small, widespread migratory shorebird.
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!