Boreal Caribou Monitoring Toolkit

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Perspectives on monitoring 

This section of the toolkit documents 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

 

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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 Fall of 2021.

 

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data or evidence gathering 

The goal of this 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 in this section were designed to be used in combination. The 9 field methods currently included in the toolkit are those which were identified in the 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. 

What can be monitored? (Parameters) 

1. Monitoring methods bilingual glossary (in prep) 

Connecting parameters and field methods (Method suitability tables) 

1. Method suitability table 1: Selecting a monitoring method that suits your objectives 

  • This table was created to provide an overview of the boreal caribou population parameters (columns) which can be measured by the different field methods (rows).

2. Method suitability table 2: Suitability and requirements of monitoring methods

  • This table was created to provide an overview of suitability, requirements, and considerations (columns) that are associated with the different field methods (rows)
How to monitor (Field methods) 

1. Summary Factsheets 

2. Detailed writeups (in prep)

  • 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 this toolkit: 
    • 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 over the summer of 2021. 

 

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dATA or EVIDENCE aNALYSIS

This section of the toolkit is intended to include methods that can be used to analyze the field data associated with monitoring boreal caribou and may include resources that pertain to data analysis, interpretation, or statistical modelling. ​​​​​​

Modelling methods
  • Stay tuned! The modelling methods section of the toolkit is currently being planned. 
Analysis methods 

1. A Guide to Classification using Aerial Photography 

  • This summary document was produced as a collaborative effort between Franki Alo and the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium
Treatment of Indigenous Knowledge

1. Principles for cross-cultural Collaboration (in prep)

  • Stay tuned! The Indigenous Knowledge Circle of the NBCKC  is currently in the process of developing the Practical Aspects to Reconciling Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing toolkit. Guidance tools produced as a part of the latter, such as the Principles for cross-cultural collaboration, will be connected to the current monitoring methods toolkit as they become available.

Toolkit version history:  
December 2020 (launch of the toolkit); June 2021 (toolkit re-organization)