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February Meeting – Climate and industrial pressure on wildlife populations in central Yukon

February 17 @ 7:30 PM 8:30 PM EST

The topic for this month’s breakout room, beginning at 7:00, will be the use of trail cams to capture images of shy and nocturnal wildlife.

Guest Speakers: Chris Burn and Mark O’Donoghue will present: Climate and industrial pressure on wildlife populations in central Yukon.

Northwest Canada is undergoing the most rapid climate warming in the country. The observed climate change is the highest projected 20 years ago by the IPCC for the region. In the presentation we will describe some of the physical impacts on the landscape and discuss the results of wildlife population surveys and monitoring that have been conducted in collaboration with the First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun. These results demonstrate some of the cumulative effects of climate change and economic development in a remote part of the Boreal Northwest.

Chris Burn is Chancellor’s Professor of Geography at Carleton University. He began fieldwork on permafrost in central Yukon in 1982 and has been back every year since then. He has also spent considerable time in the western Arctic, conducting investigations on the permafrost environment. In 2020 Carleton signed a seven-year agreement with the First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun for research and teaching — in the area where Mark O’Donoghue works.

Mark O’Donoghue is the Regional Wildlife Biologist for the Yukon Government in the Northern Tutchone region, where he has lived since 1998. His professional work and graduate studies have focused on mammal ecology, predator-prey interactions, and integration of local and traditional knowledge with science for conservation in Maine, Newfoundland, Burkina Faso in West Africa, and the Yukon. As Regional Biologist, he collaborates with the three Northern Tutchone communities in the north-central Yukon on a wide variety of management, conservation, and land use issues.