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News from the 2015 season at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station


Wildlife at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station 2015


Check out our photo gallery for the latest images from our wildlife photography workshops. We've had some fantastic opportunities to share our passion for wildlife research, habitat conservation and the ethical engagement of wildlife. The opportunity to join us one and one has resulted in life-time memories and achievements for our participants.




Summer 2015 at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station


The 2015 field season at the WRS was a major success. Once again the expert knowledge of WRS-based researchers has helped documentary makers film some of Canada's spectacular spring wildlife. With a number of returning long-term research projects already at work in the field we are always looking for new researchers and educators interested in bringing their work to the WRS.


Some highlights from 2015

- Our 8th Annual Meet the Researcher Day Event brought in over 800 attendees in 2015. We welcomed new displays from Bear With Us, and Ontario Nature.

- WRS Alumni Hugo Kitching and Twig Eater's Production release "A Year in the Life of a Twig Eater" on PBS The Nature of Things. This exceptional film documents the life of a cow and calf moose through the seasons.


PBS Nature Miniseries "Animal Homes" released April 8th, 2015


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Coneflower Studios produced miniseries "Animal Homes" premiered April 8, 2015. Over the 2014 winter season we hosted the Emmy nominated and renowned wildlife videographer Michael Male of birdfilms who has filmed for BBC's "Life in Cold Blood", "Blue Planet", "The Life of Birds", National Geographic etc. Working with Dan Strickland and WRS-based researchers Michael filmed the nesting behavior of Gray Jays who begin nesting during the heart of the Canadian winter.


2015 AWRS Annual General Meeting


The AWRS Annual General Meeting Monday May 4th brought together our partners to review the 2014 season and our 70th year of operations in Algonquin Provincial Park. I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend and look forward to working together on our outreach, research and education-based partnerships in 2015.


2014 Research Report Now Available!


The AWRS is pleased to announce the release of our 2014 Research Report. The annual report was established to provide a platform for the dissemination of WRS based research findings, to keep alumni and supporters up-to-date on WRS related activities, and to illustrate to the public the role the WRS plays in wildlife research and education in Algonquin Provincial Park. We ask that you circulate this years research report among your friends, family, and colleagues to aid in our efforts of strengthening our support network and to help ensure our sustainability over the next 70 years.


New for 2015 Algonquin Wildlife Workshops!


The AWRS's Tim Winegard in partnership with renowned naturalist, expedition guide and photographer Robin Tapley and Jamie Giardini have developed new programs to highlight wildlife research in Algonquin Park. Programs will focus on developing an understanding of wildlife life-history strategies (biology, ecology, behaviour) and how this can benefit ones photographic, naturalist, or other outdoor pursuits. To learn more click here.


Follow along on Facebook: AWRS, Robin Tapley; Twitter: AWRS, Robin Tapley

Check out who's following: Canada Travel News; Explorer's Edge; Huntsville Forester


Summer/Fall 2014 News


Thanks to Everyone for Making our 70th Reunion and Fundraiser a Sucess!!




Thank you alumni, friends, family, volunteers and dedicated WRS'ers for making our 70th Reunion and Fundraiser such a success! Despite the cold, and damp weather we had over 95 attendees at the event and raised nearly $5000 from our silent auction! Many thanks to those of you who not only donated auction items but bid on them. We have generated a lot of positive momentum for the station and we must continue to work hard to preserve this socially rich and research rich station. Thank you everyone once again and please stay in touch via our website and facebook for updates on future auctions items (i.e. A Chestnut Canoe Co. Cedar-strip Canoe), and more!


Indieo Go-Go Fundraiser Campaign Raises $10,824 for the WRS!!


The Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (AWRS) has been at the forefront of ecological research for 70 years (1944-2014), training students and providing evidence-based science for policy makers. Called a "priceless asset to field biology", the AWRS has made invaluable contributions to our understanding of plants and wildlife in natural and human-impacted systems. Aging infrastructure and funding shortfalls threaten to close the Station and halt biological study by international research teams. Our recent fundraising campaign raised $10,824.00 to help support the not-for-profit AWRS reach financial sustainability - for students, public education, and future generations. Thank-you to everyone who contributed to making this campaign such a success. Despite the conclusion of our Indie Go-Go campaign we are still in need of support to reach our goal of financial sustainability. Please see our donations link or contact the WRS Manager and/or our Board of Directors to see how you can continue to support the conservation of wildlife habitat and the study of Canadian flora and fauna.


6th Annual Meet the Researcher Day Draws Crowd and Press to the East Beach Pavilion July 31, 2014.


The 6th annual MTRD brougth citizens and scientists together to discuss wildlife research in Algonquin Park and across Ontario. With displays from researchers at the AWRS, Harkness Research Labs, The Algonquin Forestry Authority, The Owl Foundation, Algonquin Naturalists and others the event was a huge success drawing in 600 people from the park and neighboring communities. Many thanks to the Friends of Algonquin Park for putting on the charity BBQ to support wildlife research in Algonquin. Next years event promises to bring even more organizations together for the event. See our events links and press is available from the event!


Winter 2014 News


Wildlife Ski Tour

The second annual Wildlife Ski Tour on March 1st was a success! Over 40 skiers turned out to enjoy the beautiful day, a hot chili lunch and fresh baked buns (thanks to Rory and Tim), win draw prizes, and the chance to learn more about park wildlife. Thank you to everyone that came out – staff, volunteers, supporters and most of all the skiers! More pictures on the WRS Facebook page and Event Page.







Fall 2012 News

New Cabin

The new cabin has been under construction all summer, and is ready to provide cosy winterized accommodation for researchers year-round. Take a look at the pictures (courtesy of Patrick Moldowan) to see some amazing changes to the old wolf pen!




Summer 2012 News


New Links

Graduate Student Opportunity: Dr. Schulte-Hostedde in Applied Evolutionary Ecology

Graduate Student Opportunity: Dr. Trudeau at the University of Ottawa

Algonquin Park Research Videos!


Meet the Researcher Day 2012
Thank you to all the participants and presenters who came to this year’s Meet the Researcher Day. With over 30 researchers and 600 visitors, it was definitely a success. Next year this event will fall on Thursday August 1rst, be sure to add it to your calendars!


H16 “Humungous Harry” recaptured
First captured in 1978, H16 was recaptured at Chit Lake this summer. He is largest turtle in the 41 year running study. His peak mass tips the scales at 18kg, with a carapace length of 40.8 cm and width of 34.0 cm. Interestingly, he has grown little over the course of the past 34 years, about 3mm further in width and no change in length.  Based on what is known about the growth of male snapping turtles reaching a plateau, Harry is likely over 100 years old.


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Largest painted turtle in study captured in Whitefish Lake

During some of the last trap checks of the summer, researchers scooped a basking turtle out of the water – the largest female captured so far in the 30+ year study. She has a maximum plastron length of almost 18 cm and width of 13.7 cm, and was weighed at just over 800 grams – meaning she could possibly weigh over a kg when carrying eggs! Hopefully she will be recaptured in future years to monitor these measurements.


Record Numbers of Small Mammals
After a significant tree mast, and obviously good winter conditions, the small mammals had extremely high number of captures, with the addition of meadow voles and meadow jumping mice.  Squirrel captures were also up, approaching a total of over 900.




Spring 2012


Welcome to the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (WRS) website!


We hope our new website will provide insight into the world class research being conducted within Algonquin Park, everyday camp life at the WRS, and a chance for past researchers, staff and potential new visitors to be kept up-to-date on what's happening at the WRS. I encourage you to browse our website and see all of the exciting new research and events that the WRS is hosting and don't forget, if you are able, that the WRS is in need of your financial support.


If you have any questions or comments please submit them to me, Rory Eckenswiller, Manager of the WRS at wrs@vianet.ca. Please enjoy our new site, and check back often for news, research updates, and upcoming events!





















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    October 27, 2016
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