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Environment and Conservation
November 28, 2006

Research Provides Valuable Information about
Protected Areas of Newfoundland and Labrador

A total of 27 scientific research permits for wilderness and ecological reserves and provincial parks were issued in 2006. The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Environment and Conservation, noted that research is very important to protected areas of the province and that all research is encouraged and new research proposals are always welcome.

"This research provides parks staff with important information on population changes in protected areas, such as seabird and shorebird monitoring, it contributes to species lists for reserves like plant, mushroom and insect identification, and it helps provide other biophysical information to aid in protected areas management in the province," said the minister.

Many of the permits issued this year were for ongoing research about the snowshoe hare, seabirds, insects and fossils while others represented new projects. Ten studies focused on seabird foraging, breeding and monitoring at the Witless Bay, Cape St. Mary’s, Funk Island and Gannet Islands Ecological Reserves. Several shorebird surveys were also undertaken at the Codroy Valley and Chance Cove Provincial Parks, and the Piping Plover Guardian Program continued at J.T. Cheeseman, Sandbanks and Codroy Valley Provincial Parks.

A mushroom foray organized by the Humber Natural History Society took place in four protected areas on the Avalon Peninsula (La Manche and Butterpot Provincial Parks, Salmonier Nature Park and Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve), and a total of 99 mushroom species were identified.

Permits to conduct scientific research and monitoring in parks and reserves are mandatory and can be obtained by contacting Jeri Graham, biologist, at 709-635-4529 or by visiting www.gov.nl.ca/parks. For further details on research conducted in reserves in 2006 see the table below. The Parks and Natural Areas Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation is the management agency responsible for the 18 wilderness and ecological reserves and 32 provincial parks in Newfoundland and Labrador.

List of Scientific Research in Parks and Reserves in 2006

Researcher

Reserve/Park

Project Title

Bill Montevecchi,

Memorial University

Baccalieu Island, Cape St. Mary’s, Funk Island, Witless Bay Islands Foraging and feeding ecology of Newfoundland seabirds
David Fifield,
Memorial University
Witless Bay Islands Ecological Reserve Winter ecology of Atlantic Puffins: diet, distribution and movement
John Reynolds, Dept. of Environment and Conservation Butterpot Provincial Park The effects of hunting on snowshoe hare abundance
Andrus Voitk, Humber Natural History Society 13 parks Mushroom survey of Newfoundland
Hubert Crummey,
Natural Resources
Butterpot, Lockston Path, Sir Richard Squires, Marine Drive, Jipujijkuei Kuespem, Pistolet, Barachois, Little Grand Lake, King George, Hare Bay Insect Survey (Forecast)
Gregory Robertson,
Canadian Wildlife Service
Witless Bay, Funk Island, Gannet Islands Demographic studies of seabirds in Witless Bay Islands Ecological Reserve, with additional banding of murres at Funk and Gannet Islands
Gregory Robertson,
Canadian Wildlife Service
Witless Bay, Cape St.

Mary's

Censuses of selected seabirds in the Witless Bay Islands Ecological Reserve (ongoing) and Cape St. Mary's (new)
Anne Storey, Carolyn Walsh, Memorial University Witless Bay Islands Ecological Reserve Reproductive and parental behaviour of common murres
Anne Storey, Trina Hancock, Memorial University Witless Bay Islands Ecological Reserve Parent-young interactions in Atlantic Puffins under different foraging conditions
Peter Thomas,
Canadian Wildlife Service
Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve Harlequin Duck and Purple Sandpiper Survey at Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve
Paul Saunders, Dept. of Environment and Conservation Bay du Nord Wilderness Reserve Middle Ridge Mark/Re-sight Caribou Census
Sabir Bin Muzaffar,
Memorial University
Witless Bay, Cape St.

Mary's, Gannet Islands

Ecology of parasitism in seabird colonies in eastern Canada
Rob Otto, Dept. of
Environment and Conservation
Bay du Nord Wilderness Reserve Spatio-temporal habitat selection patterns and the functional role of eastern coyotes in insular Newfoundland
Mac Pitcher,
Salmonier Nature Park
Cataracts Provincial Park Lichinodium collection in Cataracts Provincial Park
Paul Harris,
Canadian Wildlife Service
Codroy Valley Provincial Park Newfoundland and Labrador Shorebird Survey
Paul Harris,

Canadian Wildlife Service

Chance Cove Provincial Park Newfoundland and Labrador Shorebird Survey
Grant Humphries,
Memorial University
Witless Bay Islands Ecological Reserve A comparative study of Leach's Storm Petrel vocalizations between Buldir Island, Alaska, and Gull Island, Newfoundland
Patricia Cousins,
Piping Plover Project
J.T. Cheeseman, Sandbanks, Codroy Valley The Piping Plover Guardian Program
David Langor,
Natural Resources
Burnt Cape, Watt's Point,
J.T. Cheeseman, Pistolet Bay
Arthropod Study of Newfoundland: Bio Blitz 2006
Claudia Hanel, Dept. of Environment and Conservation Burnt Cape, Watt's Point,
Table Point
Reconnaissance survey of mosses in Burnt Cape and/or Table Point and/or
Watts Point Ecological Reserves
John Chardine,
Canadian Wildlife Service
Funk Island Ecological
Reserve
Estimate of the number of common murres nesting on Funk Island
Guy Narbonne,
Queen’s University
Mistaken Point
Ecological Reserve
Ediacaran Fossils at Mistaken Point
Scott Nielsen,
Queen’s College
Red Fir Lake -
Kapitagas Channel Ecological Reserve
Archeology Beyond the Horizon: Pre-contact Land Tenure in Labrador West
Rob Otto, Dept of
Environment and Conservation
Bay du Nord Wilderness Reserve Caribou calf mortality of Middle Ridge Herd
Paul Harris,
Canadian Wildlife Service
Chance Cove Provincial Park, Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve Newfoundland and Labrador Purple Sandpiper Winter Survey
Brian Nakashima, Dept of Fisheries and Oceans Bellevue Beach Provincial Park Spawning, egg deposition, and recruitment of capelin – Bellevue Beach, Trinity Bay
Ian Jones,
Memorial University
Gannet Islands Ecological Reserve Seabird ecology and demography at the Gannet Islands in relation to environmental variability

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Media contact:
Diane Hart
Director of Communications
Department of Environment and Conservation
709-729-2575, 685-4401

dianehart@gov.nl.ca

2006 11 28                                   9:20 a.m.


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