2020-2021 Colloquium presentation series
This project, led by the University of Northern British Columbia, provides education and outreach by building connections and developing relationships through a series of free presentations focused on research that is underway, or could be applied to, our Peace Region. The project will consist of a series of three invited speaker events in the fall, winter, and spring, and will feature researchers from British Columbia or Alberta, and a national or international speaker, who will present on topics related to fish and/or wildlife species in the Peace Region.
Genomic analysis of Salvelinus
Genomic Analysis within Salvelinus: Understanding Speciation and Informing Management
March 24, 2021
Find out how genetic analyses of char fish species are informing how they evolved and how they are managed. Presented by Dr. Eric Taylor.
Restoring connectivity in rivers and streams
Dammed If We Don’t: Exploring Opportunities to Restore Connectivity in Rivers and Streams and Why It Matters
March 10, 2021
Join conservation biologist Dan Kraus and explore some of the approaches to mapping and prioritizing barrier removal and the challenges and opportunities of reconnecting aquatic habitats.
Fishers in the Peace Region
A Tale of Two Populations: Why Are Fishers in the Peace Different from 200 kms Away?
February 10, 2021
Find out more about fishers, one of the rarest mammals in our Peace Region, with Rich Weir. Weir, a carnivore conservation specialist, will talk about this fascinating species, the key role they play in low-elevation forests in our Peace Region, and what is being done to conserve their habitat.
Bull trout in the Williston Reservoir
Status and Critical Habitats for Bull Trout in the Williston Reservoir Watershed
January 20, 2021
Learn about bull trout status and critical habitats in the Williston Reservoir Watershed with John Hagen. Hagen, an independent fisheries consultant, will talk about why this priority species is of conservation concern, and the best approaches to conservation.
Final report: executive summary
This project continues a long relationship between the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi) at UNBC and the Peace Region’s Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) (previously B.C. Hydro) with the successful delivery of five research colloquium presentations. These presentations provided an education and outreach venue where we could discuss emerging research projects and the current state of knowledge on natural resource issues relating to the FWCP Peace region. The presentations provided an opportunity to develop relationships between UNBC and local stakeholders and to assess current FWCP information needs. The project addressed the FWCP’s strategic objective of Community Engagement, to increase community engagement by building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and aboriginal communities and aligns with Section 4.3 Stewardship & Education in the FWCP Peace Basin Plan.
Click the provincial database link below to read the full final report for this project.