In September we conducted our 27th consecutive year of small mammal live-trapping at our three long-term study blocks. This work largely is powered by the senior undergraduate students in the Natural Resource Science program. This year, however, Kara from our lab played a leader role in coordination, and used the opportunity to put out radio-collars as part of her research on deer mice and voles. Afterwards there was a combination pancake breakfast – trap bleaching session at Karl’s house.
Two big accomplishments in the lab to report: On September 27, 2023, Chloe defended her thesis on “Western Rattlesnake Migration and Habitat Use in British Columbia, Canada”. One of her chapters already appears in print (see Can. J. Zool. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2022-0173). Also on the rattlesnake front, Veronica took top prize for student presentations (15-minute category) at the 2023 Canadian Herpetological Society annual meeting in Ottawa. Her talk was entitled “Intra- and interspecific hibernation site selection of three sympatric snake species”. Congrats to both of them for helping keep rattlesnakes at the forefront 🙂
The World Snake Day celebration at our Osoyoos rattlesnake study site (in partnership with the Osoyoos Indian Band) was a great success, thanks to the work of Lindsay and the other snakers on the team (Calen, Erin, and Caroline). Good turnout and a lot of people learnt a lot about snakes.
Wow, I fell way behind on updating the postings to this site. So here’s a few highlights:
Back in March Lily won Best Poster at the Master of Science Showcase at TRU. Good going. That just might be two years in a row that our lab has won the competition (Camille won the previous year!). Lily also won a prestigious BC Graduate Scholarship!
The first paper from Chloe’s thesis has been published! See Western Rattlesnake spring migration in British Columbia: a comparative study of juveniles and adults. Canadian Journal of Zoology 2023: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjz-2022-0173
At the end of March, no less than 7 members of our lab (Jade, Chloe, Camille, Rory, Alexis, Julien and Kyla) made it to the combined meeting in Victoria of the BC Chapter and Canadian Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Marcus (a lab alumni) also appeared! Everyone presented! The 2024 meeting of the BC Chapter will be right here in Kamloops!
Karl and Veronica appeared in an episode of CBC’s Planet Wonder with host Joanna Wagstaff. The episode was entitled “Do we need to be cold-blooded for our warm future” and it covered, among a number of things, how animals may adapt (or be adapted) to deal with a changing climate. You can watch the 25-minute show by clicking right here.
In May, Karl ticked off #1 on his bucket list by taking a trip to Indonesia to see the magnificent Komodo Dragons.
That’s all for now. I’ll try to stay on top of this better from now on. Pip pip, tally ho.
Thanks to the efforts of Veronica and her artistic partner Jake, the lab has new t-shirts! Hot! Instant classic! Collectors’ item!!!! Click HERE for the promo video on Jake’s TikTok site.
We had a large delegation from the lab attend the 2022 meeting of The Wildlife Society in Spokane, Washington over the week of November 7th. Although the drive there was a bit hairy for some of us, the conference was well worth it. Everyone presented either an oral paper or a poster, and lots of great ideas were absorbed. Good work everyone.