As we canoed toward an esker on the east end of Jolly Lake, we noticed a Twin Otter fly over and land near our desination. Strange… And then there was another. As we got closer to shore we could see people moving around and a large tent set up. After no sign of civilization for […]
We first camped where the Twin Otter dropped us off, and stayed there for a while. There were many close research sites and our work was slow at first as we were figuring out efficient ways to complete our research. The first time we moved camp, we canoed from the west end of Jolly lake […]
We didn’t get to pick where we wanted to hike to each day. Our research sites were determined by satellite maps of greening or non-greening areas (explained on the satellite page). Sometimes getting to these sites was challenging. There were wetlands, rocks, streams, and hummocky terrain, and birch and willow thickets that we would hike over […]
One of the things we were interested in was the growth patterns of shrubs in the Bathurst Caribou herd range. Specifically, we wanted to know how climate has affected shrub growth. We have already looked at the greening patterns in the satellite data, but the shrubs themselves have a story to tell us. At each […]
This is our first camp on the west end of Jolly Lake. Although we didn’t have twenty-four hour sunlight at this latitude, it didn’t get really dark until closer to the end of the trip. This photo was taken at 10pm.
Food is being purchased and packed, maps are being studied, and research methods are being discussed. Our trip to MacKay Lake in the Northwest Territories is coming fast and there’s still lots to do!