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Largest Moose Winter Tick Study Underway in North America

Largest Moose Winter Tick Study Underway in North America


(bright music) – I am Linda Warren. I am at the University of New Brunswick, studying my master’s of
environmental management, and I’m out here right
now with JDI in the field, working on finding the moose that we had previously collared. And then we’re taking
some repeat measurements so that we can monitor
how they’ve progressed from the beginning of
this project ’til now. And then we’re going to
monitor them going forward and hopefully continue this
project over the long term. – I’m Delphine De Pierre, and I’m a master’s student in biology at University Laval with
Dr. Jean-Pierre Tremblay. So, we’re here to study
moose and winter ticks. Right now, we are taking blood
samples and feces samples. We weigh the moose, and
we remove the collar. – The data coming from the
collars is satellite telemetry, and it’s incredible information because we can put
these collars on animals and leave them for months at a time, and I can remotely access the material and then plug it into
a program called ArcGIS and run a bunch of analyses in order to determine what
habitats they’re using and where they’re frequenting, and that will help us with
the continuation of the study. – I’m really happy I’m
working in this project ’cause I get to see the moose
from closer than I ever had. And you can see all the team working, and it’s a great partnership,
like with Irving, and Michelle Oakley, and the capture team, and Charles, the
technician, who’s wonderful, so it’s really nice to
work with those people, and yeah, we’re having a great time. – This study with JDI has opened so many doors for me, personally, and for a lot of other
projects in New Brunswick. With the satellite data that they have, it will be hopefully
available for years to come to expand these studies
and provide a baseline for the future. So as the moose population changes, and as the weather potentially changes, we can keep an eye on
how things are going. So it’s really important information. – We appreciate our good partners, Laval, UNB, the province of New Brunswick. We couldn’t this without them. And we’re looking forward to what we learn so that we can help the
moose here in New Brunswick. (uplifting music)

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