Virgil Hawkes, a senior wildlife biologist with LGL Limited, is passionate about both wildlife and conservation. He’s the lead on a unique study in Alberta’s oil sands where producers have come together on a large-scale wildlife monitoring project. What’s unusual about this initiative is its size and scope, something that is helping to provide a more accurate picture of how wildlife return to disturbed areas. It is also filling in important knowledge gaps in land management practices.
The monitoring data is helping companies measure the success of reclamation – the point at which a healthy, reconstructed landscape supports a diverse array of birds, animals, bats, frogs and other amphibians, and even insects! From swallows to bears and mule deer to bumblebees, these reclaimed habitats commonly support more than 80 species of birds, over 20 species of wildlife, and a handful of amphibian species, including the tiny Canadian Toad.
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