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Canada

RIDING MOUNTAIN

 
 
  Brief description   Erosion impacts of streams flowing off the escarpment
Water quality in 15 lakes, and hydrological monitoring
Possible climate change trends through analyses of available meteorological records
Pollen analyses from lake bottom sediments to describe vegetation changes
Winter aerial surveys of elk, moose, and beaver catches as a basis for population estimates
Nesting data on herons (Ardea herodias), bald eagles (Haliaetus leucocephalus) and ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) and resumption of a breeding bird survey route in the park
Creel surveys for fish
Monitoring cadmium uptake in liver and kidneys of moose and elk
Establishment of an ungulate disease testing facility in the park, especially to test for bovine tuberculosis in elk, and monitor baseline health of ungulates generally
Movement and habitats of black bears
Study of habitat suitability for lynx
Quantification of change in habitat diversity and complexity in the national park
Establishment of Smithsonian Institution biodiversity monitoring plot (SI/MAB) in the eastern hardwoods forest association, and plan to establish a similar plot in a grassland site
Grassland ecology , and rough fescue vegetation assemblages
Grassland restoration project
Structure and dynamics of bur oak (Quercus macrocarpus) stands
Study of land use change since 1873 through the use of original land survey records, air photos and satellite imagery
Introduction of GIS and historical land use data
GIS mapping of location of cattle herds as background information for monitoring elk/cattle interactions and related issues of animal health
Demonstration of portable sawmills for on-farm use of poplar wood
Study of public attitudes towards wildlife, especially wolves
Cooperative beaver management
Aboriginal or traditional uses of the park area
Historical timber harvesting and forest fires (literature review)
Effectiveness of a 1972-1979 alternative land use program along the Manitoba escarpment through air photos analyses of land use change, questionnaire survey and interviews
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Climate, erosion, habitat, heavy metals, hydrology, meteorology, monitoring/methodologies.
  Biodiversity   Beach/soft bottom, biodiversity, birds, breeding/reproduction, ecology, fires/fire ecology, fishes, forest systems, freshwater/inland water, methodologies, pests/diseases, plants, population genetics/population dynamics, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, species inventorying/inventory, temperate grassland, vegetation studies/plant cover, wildlife.
  Socio-economic   Forestry, livestock and related impacts/overgrazing, people-nature relations/man/nature, traditional practices/ethnology/traditional knowledge.
  Integrated monitoring   Geographic Information System/GIS, impact and risk studies/environmental impact, land use/land cover, management issues, monitoring/methodologies.


Last updated: 2/26/2007

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