Tree, Shrub and Vegetation Sampling Sites

Fieldwork for this project took place through summers 2018 and 2019, visiting sites in the MacKay Lake and Daring-Yamba lakes area to sample shrubs for the growth ring component of this project. Trees were sampled opportunistically from the study areas. New in 2019, we also sampled vegetation at several plots to investigate how vegetation communities […]

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Eating Locally

We brought lots of food along on our trip, but we also had many long hard days. Adding some fresh berries or fish to a meal was always a welcome addition to our dehydrated food, adding extra flavour and much-needed calories.

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Jolly Lake

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 […]

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Getting to a Research Site

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 […]

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The Search for Root Collars

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 […]