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Ecological Monitoring Protocols for Protected Areas

Established: Ongoing since 2009.

Protected area management has a requirement for maintaining ecological integrity maintaining the original reasons for protection. Three sites are being researched: the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Kusawa Territorial Park and Age Mene Territorial Park. Initial survey of ecological processes and key species is used to devise standardized protocols for monitoring those indicators. An important requirement is to devise procedures that capture meaningful data, yet field processes that can be readily carried out by a variety of personnel. Keystone, indicator, and flagship species are of focus.
Top predators are powerful indicator species; they are the usual first surveyed. Water birds are used as key indicators in wetland systems. Forest birds, aquatic and other mammals are involved. Invertebrate abundance and plant chronology are also involved. Protocols for tracking these indicators annually follow, whenever possible, established national or regional criteria. Productivity and simple abundance are the usual data collected. Long term data bases are the most important product.

All our sites have now produced protocols and are in their second or subsequent years of application as tests of their effectiveness.

2007, 08.09. K. Robichaud and C. King. Developing and Assessing Biodiversity Monitoring Protocols for the Yukon Wildlife Preserve

2011. J. Vigliotti and D. Mossop Ecological monitoring protocols for the management of Agay Mene territorial park. Inventory of bald eagle and Osprey nest sites, Aga Mene Park, Southern

2010. Raptor populations of the Kusawa Park, Yukon-Stikine ecoregion, Yukon Northern Res. Inst ms, Yukon College, 10 pp

Project Team

Project leader, D.H.Mossop, Professor Emeritus, Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
Research support,  Yukon College students: J. Viglioitti, K.Robichaud, C. King, and others

Project Partners

Parks & Conservation, Department of Environment, Government of Yukon
Yukon Wildlife Preserve Society

Project Funders

Parks & Conservation, Department of Environment, Government of Yukon
ACUNS Northern Residence training allowance
Northern Research Endowment Fund, Yukon Research Center, Yukon College