Boreal Caribou Monitoring Methods Toolkit

Date:
December
2020

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Part 1: Perspectives on monitoring 

Part 1: Perspectives on Monitoring

The goal of the Part 1 section of the toolkit was to document the diverse perspectives on boreal caribou monitoring from across Canada. 

1. Boreal Caribou Monitoring in Canada Part I: Perspectives from the NBCKC Monitoring Working Group

  • The goal of this report is to understand the current state of monitoring across the country, and to highlight related concerns expressed by individual and organizations. 

2. "Knowing the Herd": Summary of 'Boreal Caribou Monitoring in Canada Part I'

  • This summary document was produced as a collaborative effort between Nature United and the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium.

guidelines for field practices

Part 2: Guidelines for field practices

The goal of the Part 2 section of the toolkit is to evaluate available monitoring approaches and their suitability for addressing specific monitoring objectives. 

As described in the introductory video above, the tools within Part 2 were designed to be used in combination. The 9 field methods currently included in Part 2 are those which were identified in the Part 1 perspectives report as being the most commonly used in Canada: Aerial Counts, Occupancy Surveys, Aerial Imagery, Radio-telemetry Collars, Camera Collars, Camera Traps, Fecal Sampling, Local and Harvest Interviews, and Harvester-based Sampling. 

1. Decision tree 

  • The Decision Tree will serve to help users select the monitoring methods that are most suitable for their project or program, by asking a series of questions related to ethics, resources, and logistical complexity. Based on the answers selected by the user, the decision tree will narrow down the list of possible field methods to only those which fit the needs of the user. 
  • Stay tuned! The Decision Tree is under development and is expected to be uploaded in the summer of 2021. 

2. Method suitability table 1: parameters and objectives 

  • 'Method suitability table 1: Selecting a monitoring method that suits your objectives' was created to provide an overview of the boreal caribou population parameters (columns) which can be measured by the different field methods (rows).
  • Click here to view suitability table 1

3. Method suitability table 2: needs and requirements - under construction

  • 'Method suitability table 2: needs and requirements' was created to provide an overview of suitability, requirements, and considerations (columns) that are associated with the different field methods (rows).
  • Click here to view suitability table 2

4. Factsheets 

5. Detailed writeups - under construction

  • Detailed write-ups for each field method elaborate on the information presented in the comparative tables and factsheets.
  • Detailed writeups of similar themes are presented as chapters, such that chapter introductions can address the common strengths, weaknesses, and considerations of the field methods within a chapter. Thus, for example, if a user is interested in reading about Aerial Imagery, they would refer to the Aerial Surveys chapter, reviewing both the chapter introduction and the section titled 'Aerial Imagery'. 
  • The 4 chapters of field methods currently included in Part 2 of the toolkit are: 
    • Aerial Surveys (Aerial Counts, Occupancy Surveys, Aerial Imagery)
    • Telemetry-based methods (Radio Collars, Camera Collars)
    • Indirect methods (Camera Trapping, Fecal Sampling)
    • Harvester-based methods (Local and Harvest Interviews, Harvester-based Sampling)
  • Stay tuned! The Detailed writeups are currently under development and are expected to be uploaded early in the spring of 2021. 

Indigenous ways of knowing 

Part 3: Indigenous ways of Knowing

Stay Tuned! The Indigenous Knowledge Circle of the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium is currently reviewing the scope of the documents to be included in this section of the toolkit. 


Additional monitoring approaches or tools 

Part 4: Additional monitoring approaches or tools

The goal of the Part 4 section of the toolkit is to provide a dedicated space for the toolkit to continue to grow. 

1. Additional methods - under construction

  • This section of the toolkit is intended to showcase less commonly-used OR newly-developing field methods for monitoring boreal caribou.
  • Stay tuned! A new collaborative project is set to start in winter 2021, and will explore the aerial photoclassification techniques which can be used to enhance ongoing boreal caribou monitoring programs. 

2. Health and wellbeing of caribou - under construction

  • This section of the toolkit is intended to focus on all topics related to caribou health, including demonstrating the value of monitoring animal health, and identifying which methods may be used to monitor boreal caribou health.

3. Modelling - under construction

  • This section of the toolkit is intended to describe modelling approaches which can be used to statistically analyze the field data associated with monitoring boreal caribou.