Triangle Island Seabird
Research Station

Core Research Program

Ultimately, the main objective of the core research program at Triangle Island is to provide the information necessary to enable the Canadian Wildlife Service to achieve its long-term conservation objectives for marine birds. These goals are outlined in The Management Plan for Seabird Conservation, Pacific and Yukon Region (2002), which details the conservation threats and issues judged to be top concerns for marine birds in the Pacific and Yukon Region: lack of formal protection for breeding colonies and critical marine habitat, climate change, seabird bycatch, oil pollution, forest exploitation, and introduced mammalian predators.

Our core research program at Triangle Island addresses a number of these issues, either directly or indirectly; some others are not relevant to Triangle, which has neither forests nor introduced predators (and we take careful steps to prevent introductions!). It is also already formally protected as an Ecological Reserve.

Three research projects - one completed in 2002, one ongoing since the 1970s, and one that we began only recently, in 2002 - illustrate some of the ways in which research conducted by the Centre for Wildlife Ecology assists the Canadian Wildlife Service in achieving its conservation objectives for marine birds: