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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. 

Since 2018, Caribou Ungava has been collaborating with several university and government researchers as part of a research partnership for the development of genomic tools to manage and protect caribou populations (click here to visit the research partnership website)




Postponement of the 18th North American Caribou Workshop and the final symposium of Caribou Ungava to 2021 due to COVID-19

The North American Caribou workshop planned for May 11th to 15th 2020 in Québec city was postponed to next year because of the actual situation linked to the COVID-19. The final symposium of Caribou Ungava that should have been held during this workshop is thus also postponed to next year. As such the workshop will take place May 2nd to 5th 2021 in Québec city and the final symposium of Caribou Ungava will be held on one of these days. The North American Caribou Workshop (NACW) is held every two years and is a central event for sharing Indigenous knowledge, science and lessons learned,...

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High Definition Caribou Monitoring

Three of our collars were equipped with an upgraded camera that allows us to get a better image quality (720p versus 480p) in addition to capture, for the first time, audio. These new high-definition images allow us to identify resources and habitats more efficiently, as well as give us access to small details that we could have missed before (a wolf that passes in the background, etc.). <Click here to watch the video>

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Successful fieldwork at Deception Bay

In summer 2018, we carried out 3 field trips to Deception Bay (Nunavik) as part of the research project on the consequences of shrub densification on the food resources of migratory caribou. These trips allowed us to collect multiple leaf samples throughout the growing season in order to analyze their chemical composition (nitrogen, carbon, phenols and fibre) and digestibility. We have also collected the data taken automatically by the various sensors installed in the experimental plots (temperature, humidity and local NDVI sensors). Finally, we took advantage of these stays to collaborate on...

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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 : 418-656-7769, Fax : 418-656-2043, Courriel : julien.h-richard@bio.ulaval.ca
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