Helping UNBC share fish and wildlife knowledge

Project Year: 2020-2021

Multi-year Project

Photo: iStock

Project Lead

University of Northern British Columbia

Watershed/Sub-region

Peace Region

Project Type

Research & Information Acquisition

FWCP Contribution

$16,648

Action Plan Alignment

Peace Basin Plan

Project ID

PEA-F21-W-3173

Fishers in the Peace Region

Wednesday, February 10, 12 p.m. PST (1 p.m. MST)

A Tale of Two Populations: Why Are Fishers in the Peace Different from 200 kms Away?
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.

How to join the information session:

  1. Please contact al.wiensczyk@unbc.ca to request the passcode to attend the Zoom session.
  2. Follow this link to the Zoom session:  www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts.
  3. Enter the passcode and join the Zoom presentation.

Rich Weir is the carnivore conservation specialist for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Fascinated with “all the little killers” since he was an undergraduate student, he has done field studies on fishers across B.C. for the past 30 years and is a leading expert on the species.

Restoring connectivity in rivers and streams

Wednesday, March 3, 12 p.m. PST (1 p.m. MST)

Dammed If We Don’t: Exploring Opportunities to Restore Connectivity in Rivers and Streams and Why It Matters
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.

How to join the information session:

  1. Please contact al.wiensczyk@unbc.ca to request the passcode to attend the Zoom session.
  2. Follow this link to the Zoom session:  www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts.
  3. Enter the passcode and join the Zoom presentation.

Dan Kraus is the senior conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s national office. He is currently developing Canada’s first list of nationally endemic species; a review of biodiversity in Canadian cities; and an assessment of biodiversity, threats, and conservation responses across southern Canada. He is a councillor for the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, deputy chair of the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario, and he was a founding board member of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.

Genomic analysis of Salvelinus

Wednesday, March 24, 12 p.m. PST (1 p.m. MST)

Genomic Analysis within Salvelinus: Understanding Speciation and Informing Management
Find out how genetic analyses of char fish species are informing how they evolved and how they are managed. Presented by Dr. Eric Taylor. More details to come.

How to join the information session:

  1. Please contact al.wiensczyk@unbc.ca to request the passcode to attend the Zoom session.
  2. Follow this link to the Zoom session:  www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts.
  3. Enter the passcode and join the Zoom presentation.

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.

Past Presentations

Bull trout in the Williston Reservoir

Status and Critical Habitats for Bull Trout in the Williston Reservoir Watershed
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.

View archived presentation here.