Project Update - Summer with the Caribou
Hello MCI Backers -
We hope this early summer is treating all of you well. Our team is getting geared up to head out for a good chunk of summer field work this week. We will first be traveling east to Eastern Washington and Idaho to set up camera traps in the Selkirk Range in hopes of finding some images of the heard that crosses from BC into WA and ID. At this point there are only about 15 left, so our fingers are crossed. Additionally, we will be taking a close look at the impact that timber extraction and outdoor summer recreation are having on caribou populations, particularly in heavily used areas in south and central British Columbia.
We will also be interviewing several members of different First Nations in both he US and Canada. In many places, it has been First Nations' initiative and effort that has lead to work being done to protect the remaining herds and the dwindling landscapes that are their homes. Our travels later this month will eventually take us north back to Chetwynd, BC where we will get to visit the tail end of the Klins-Za maternal penning project run by the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations. In March we got to witness the capture of the pregnant cows, and later this month, we will get to see the 11 healthy calves right before they get released! Many First Nations have long depended on caribou for sustenance, and are now determined to give back so that they have a chance to survive. A big part of our project will be to tell this cultural element of the story.
Please keep up with us, and stay tuned to Facebook and Instagram for content and updates from the field over the course of July!
Thanks again for all of your generous contributions that have allowed the project to happen. We will be lining up Backer rewards after we return from our final 2016 field work in September. We greatly appreciate all of you!
We are still taking donations to keep us going through the Fall, please visit Blue Earth alliance to contribute: http://www.blueearth.org/projects/current.cfm?projectID=147
-The MCI Team
Marcus, Kim, Dave, and Colin