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Caribou Ungava is a large research program focused on the ecology of migratory caribou and their predators in the Quebec-Labrador peninsula in a context of climate change and anthropogenic disturbances. The successful completion of a first phase of research (2009-2014), lead us to undertake a second phase of work (2015-2020) which aims at quantifying the factors governing the population dynamics and space use of this large mammal. In addition, the ecology of the caribou’s main predators (grey wolf and black bear) is a new component that will be studied during this second phase. Several researchers from six universities and two governmental organisations will conduct and supervise the numerous research projects planned. The second phase will be accomplished through tight collaboration with our many private and public stakeholders who value the conservation of caribou. 




Our work in Norway!

Steeve Côté, Mathieu Leblond (post-doctoral fellow) and Brett Allen Campeau (Master’s student) all participated in the 14th edition of the Arctic Ungulate Conference which took place from August 17th to 21st, 2015 in Røros, Norway. More than 200 researchers and managers from Canada, Alaska, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Russia were on hand to present their research and discuss the situation of caribou and reindeer at a global scale. Canada was strongly represented and the Caribou Ungava team seized this opportunity to present their current work on the Rivière-George and...

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A 7th field season in the summer habitat range of the Rivière-aux-Feuilles herd has been completed!

The 2015 field season took place from June 23rd to August 4th at Deception bay. Nine researchers, graduate students and field assistants participated in the sampling efforts. A number of vegetation surveys were conducted to characterise the abundance and the vigor of tree species in the Deception Bay Valley. This field work was conducted in connection with Clara Morrissette-Boileau’s project on the dynamics of tree populations structuring the arctic tundra which are consumed by migratory caribou. Shrubs were also sampled and measured to build the size and age structures of willow and birch...

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Predator captures on the calving ground of the Rivière-George herd

Recent field work carried out in the Rivière-George caribou range led to the successful capture of 6 new black bears (3 males and 3 females) and one wolf. These captures represente the general tendency observed on the caribou calving grounds, where black bears greatly outnumber wolves. During the three days of field work, approximately 500 caribou were spotted. The team also noted that the herd appeared to have a more scattered distribution. No caribou captures were made during this trip because both the Labrador and Quebec governments recently agreed to limit caribou captures during this...

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Caribou Ungava, Université Laval, Département de biologie, Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon, Local 3076
1045, av. de la Médecine, Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6 Canada
Téléphone : 418-656-2131 poste 7537, Fax : 418-656-2043, Courriel : caroline.hins@bio.ulaval.ca
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