The primary goal of the Wildlife Research Station is to provide facilities and logistical support for research projects from across Ontario and around the world, with an emphasis on long-term studies. The WRS operates as a non-for-profit organization, administered by a board of directors made up of recognized researchers from Universities across Ontario.
A leader in wildlife research through experiential learning
To Educate: scientists, the public and policy makers
To Conserve: biodiversity, ecological integrity, and a culture of field-based research
To Inspire: environmental stewardship, a community of collaboration, and a connection with nature
To Transfer Knowledge through: peer reviewed publications, producting an annual research report, university and college field courses and workshops, hosting Meet the Researcher Day and weekend public events, being active on social media, and our connection with our partner organizations.
To Faciliate Research through: continuing long-term studies and initiating new research, maintaining a safe and productive environment, and providing access to infrastructure and an outdoor laboratory.
The diversity and quality of research projects at the WRS, historically and currently, make it a very unique and eminent entity in the field of research and has contributed significantly to the discovery and understanding of the natural history of many species present in Algonquin Park. As intended when the WRS was established, it continues to serve as a base for many precious long-term research projects which include 60 years of small mammal research and one of the longest running turtle studies in the world.
Please contact the station manager for more information if you are interested in starting up new field research at the WRS.