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For 40 years, the Biological Survey of Canada (BSC) has encouraged and organised studies of the arthropod fauna of Canada, through the wide involvement of the scientific community and the leadership of an expert steering committee. The benefits of the BSC to science include the completion of major cooperative projects to acquire and synthesise knowledge (documenting faunas in the Yukon, Canadian grasslands, and other significant regions and habitats), the assembly and organisation of information and specimens, and improved communication among entomologists. Its efforts have led to valuable monographs, scientific briefs, newsletters, and other products summarised here, including documents that are also useful to...
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We documented the occurrence of eight rare passerines in central Alaska. Our observations of the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Arctic Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Tennessee Warbler, Palm Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and Clay-colored Sparrow provided new distributional information on the occurrence of these species in central Alaska. Mist netting [not a spray, just a light net] was essential to documenting the geographic distribution of these species because mist-net captures represented the only occurrence of several species. Additionally, many of these records could not have been identified to subspecies without collecting individuals as voucher specimens that could be verified by other scientists.
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During the past 30 years bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus ) populations have declined in various watersheds across their range. The decline has been attributed to loss of habitat, over harvesting, habitat disturbance from resource development activities, and interaction with exotic species. The declining population trends observed over the past three decades suggest that this species is sensitive to impacts. In response to these declines, bull trout are listed as "Threatened" in the United States and "Sensitive" in Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory. In the Northwest Territories bull trout are listed as "May Be at Risk" and are a candidate for a detailed risk assessment in the area. The presence...
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Pilfering is thought to play a role in the evolution of scatter-hoarding strategies; but is not well understood in larder-hoarding animals. I studied intraspecific pilfering in red squirrels in Kluane, YT, Canada. The purpose of this project was to estimate the natural rate of cache pilferage, and to examine variation in pilfering behaviour. Results from experimental removal of territory owners, suggested that younger squirrels with smaller food caches were more likely to pilfer when given the opportunity. Survival over-winter was dependent on the number of cones cached and pilfering squirrels were less likely to survive. Using a mark-recapture study of marked cones I found that few individuals (14%) did any pilfering...
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Riverine sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka (those that do not use nursery lakes for juvenile rearing) tend to be characterized by greater genetic diversity and weaker population structure than lake-type populations. These findings have led to the 'recurrent evolution' hypothesis for sockeye salmon life histories, which proposes that riverine sockeye salmon are the principal colonizing form and play the dominant role in the long-term persistence of sockeye salmon in a dynamic landscape. However, previous studies in Kamchatka (Russia) and Alaska have suggested that the general patterns of riverine sockeye salmon do not apply in all parts of the species' range. In this study, we examined genetic diversity and population...
The apparent lack of external differences between sexes, coupled with their unusual reproductive habits, make Burbot (Lota Iota Linnaeus 1758) a unique model for which to investigate life history and reproductive ecology traits. Burbot, a top level predator, are the only freshwater representative of the cod family (Gadidae). Despite being one of the most widely distributed freshwater fish species in the world, occurring throughout boreal and tundra ecosystems of the Northern Hemisphere, very little is known about their ecology. Theory suggests that life history traits develop as adaptive strategies for an organism to cope with environmental conditions. Reproduction is a key life history component, and requires tradeoffs...
Population dynamics of Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) have been of interest to ecologists for nearly sixty years. Two competing hypotheses concerning lynx population dynamics and large-scale spatial synchrony are currently debated. The first suggests that dispersal is substantial among lynx populations, and the second proposes that lynx at the periphery of their range exist in small, isolated patches that maintain cycle synchrony via correlation with extrinsic environmental factors. Resolving the nature of lynx population dynamics and dispersal is important both to ecological theory and to the conservation of threatened lynx populations: the lack of knowledge about connectivity between populations at the southern...
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Increased light reaching streams as a result of riparian vegetation management is often thought to be responsible for enhanced algal productivity. However, concomitant changes in nutrients and other physical processes confound that interpretation. We manipulated light in two separate experiments to test the role of light as a controlling factor for periphyton productivity and biomass, and to observe invertebrate responses in small streams in central British Columbia, Canada. We did this by adding artificial light to reaches of three forested streams, and in a second experiment we used shadecloth to cover reaches of two streams flowing through clearcuts. Periphyton growth, productivity and composition, and macroinvertebrate...


map background search result map search result map TREE SWALLOWS TRADE OFF IMMUNE FUNCTION AND REPRODUCTIVE EFFORT DIFFERENTLY ACROSS THEIR RANGE Intraspecific cache pilferage by larder-hoarding red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) in Kluane, Yukon Factors Affecting Diurnal Activity of Fishers in North-Central British Columbia Stand-level Attributes of Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) Habitat in a Post-Fire Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides) Chronosequence in Central Yukon Experimental increases and reductions of light to streams: effects on periphyton and macroinvertebrate assemblages in a coniferous forest landscape The Ecological Future of the North American Bison: Conceiving Long-Term, Large-Scale Conservation of Wildlife Distribution, life history, and habitat use of bull trout ( Salvelinus confluentus) in mountain streams of the southern and central Northwest Territories Updated geographic distribution of eight passerine species in central Alaska Adult Salmon Runs and Streamflow Data at a Resistance Board Weir on Beaver Creek, Alaska, 1998-2000 Influence of repeated fertilization on forest ecosystems: relative habitat use by snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) Kuskokwim River salmon stock status and Kuskokwim area fisheries, 2009: a Report to the Alaska Board of Fisheries The Application of Microsatellites for Stock Identification of Yukon River Chinook Salmon Genetic Diversity and Population Structure in the Kuskokwim River Drainage Support the Recurrent Evolution Hypothesis for Sockeye Salmon Life Histories Predation on moose and caribou by a regulated wolf population Summer diet of caribou in southern Yukon 5000 years BP to present Distribution and abundance of landbirds in the Tanana Valley State Forest, Alaska 2002-2003 Benefits and principles of the Biological Survey of Canada: a model for scientific cooperation TREE SWALLOWS TRADE OFF IMMUNE FUNCTION AND REPRODUCTIVE EFFORT DIFFERENTLY ACROSS THEIR RANGE Adult Salmon Runs and Streamflow Data at a Resistance Board Weir on Beaver Creek, Alaska, 1998-2000 Intraspecific cache pilferage by larder-hoarding red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) in Kluane, Yukon Stand-level Attributes of Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) Habitat in a Post-Fire Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides) Chronosequence in Central Yukon Distribution, life history, and habitat use of bull trout ( Salvelinus confluentus) in mountain streams of the southern and central Northwest Territories Updated geographic distribution of eight passerine species in central Alaska Distribution and abundance of landbirds in the Tanana Valley State Forest, Alaska 2002-2003 Predation on moose and caribou by a regulated wolf population Genetic Diversity and Population Structure in the Kuskokwim River Drainage Support the Recurrent Evolution Hypothesis for Sockeye Salmon Life Histories Kuskokwim River salmon stock status and Kuskokwim area fisheries, 2009: a Report to the Alaska Board of Fisheries Summer diet of caribou in southern Yukon 5000 years BP to present Factors Affecting Diurnal Activity of Fishers in North-Central British Columbia Influence of repeated fertilization on forest ecosystems: relative habitat use by snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) The Application of Microsatellites for Stock Identification of Yukon River Chinook Salmon The Ecological Future of the North American Bison: Conceiving Long-Term, Large-Scale Conservation of Wildlife Benefits and principles of the Biological Survey of Canada: a model for scientific cooperation