Our research builds on a long-term study of the ecology and toxicology of a dense, productive population of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) that began 1982. In general, the study involves an intensive ground-based census of all breeding territories in a 450 km2 study area in order to gain insight into the basic peregrine biology such as breeding phenology, reproductive performance, survivorship and recruitment. In addition, we use a combination of GPS-accurate telemetry, remote cameras and stable isotope analysis to study foraging ecology of territorial male peregrines falcons raising young. This project is also part of a larger Network of Centres of Excellence (ArcticNet) initiative in collaboration with researchers from Université du Québec à Rimouski, University of Laval, and Canadian Wildlife Service studying the effects of climate change on a broad suite of Arctic wildlife species, specifically to identify vulnerabilities, monitor changes, and project responses. The overall goal for is to provide the wildlife-related knowledge necessary to complete the ArcticNet required Integrated Regional Impact Study (IRIS). While other ArcticNet projects focus on single species (e.g. caribou, arctic char), we concentrate on suite of species to characterize trends in wildlife patterns expected for the next decades. We believe that this approach will provide a sound basis for decision makers in the wildlife/biodiversity field working at adaptation strategies in the changing Canadian Arctic.
Canadian Circumpolar Institute
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