Research and Monitoring

© Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association
Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic.

Answers to certain questions are essential to the implementation of ecosystem-based management in the Bras d‘Or:

  • Is the estuary/watershed healthy?
  • How do various land-use activities affect the diversity, productivity and aesthetics of the biotic communities?
  • Why have the fisheries collapsed and can they recover?
  • What are the most sensitive populations and habitats?

A local university, public research agencies and institutions (at four levels of government) and private environmental associations and companies have a long history of site-based research in the Bras d‘Or.

The nomination of the Bras d‘Or as a biosphere reserve has already served to align and focus research and the designation (if achieved) will provide a framework for the knowledge and monitoring necessary to answer these questions


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