You have likely already received the 2016 Harvest Questionnaire in the mail from the Fish and Wildlife Branch. Please take the time to fill in this questionnaire and mail it in or complete it online. The information provided is important for informing wildlife management.
Sun 29 Jan 2017
Fri 27 Jan 2017
Hello again everyone and welcome to the first email of the 2017 BC Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program!
We are excited to be going again and looking forward to seeing results from the 2017 season. Last year proved to be another great year for survey participation and we received just over 500 submissions. This year were looking to do even better.
PLEASE NOTE: After reviewing feedback from last year’s survey, we have added another “Body Condition” variable. So please be sure to use the newest survey.
For those of you who are new to the program, I have included information below that outlines what this program is all about:
The BC Wildlife Health Program is looking for help from wildlife professionals and the public with observations of hair loss caused by “Winter Ticks” on moose throughout the province. The Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program wants to collect observations to monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution. This program will occur on an annual basis. Winter ticks are a significant parasite for moose populations and can contribute to moose declines in parts of their range, including BC. So, it is an important health factor to monitor, particularly with climate change and alterations to moose habitat. The findings of the surveillance program will contribute to the Provincial Moose Research Program, which was initiated in 2013 to investigate factors influencing moose populations in BC.
Winter tick infestations can be observed on moose during February through April. The ticks spend the entire winter on one moose and there can be as many as 10s of thousands on one individual. As the female ticks become adults they feed on blood in late winter and the irritation causes moose to scratch and groom themselves excessively, resulting in hair loss. The extent of the hair loss is a rough indicator of how many ticks are present and can be observed easily from a distance. We know that tick infestations can result in behavioral changes or direct health impacts that may reduce moose survival.
I hope that you may be interested in contributing to this surveillance program by recording your observations of both healthy and infected moose during the winter and spring. (more…)
Sat 21 Jan 2017
The North Peace Rod and Gun Club would like to thank:
Organizers — Gregg Nicoll, Tammi Drapeau and Guy Lahaye
Volunteers — Royal Canadian Army Cadets
Sponsors — Royd Lusk/Skyline Wildlife Studios, Backcountry, and Apex Valve Services
Tue 17 Jan 2017
Sun 15 Jan 2017
Who: Anyone with an interest in wildlife in the Peace Region (hunters, First Nations, agricultural producers, naturalists, local families)
Where: In areas around Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Hudson’s Hope
When: Any part of the day on February 4th or 5th 2017 (Please choose one day only.)
Why: To collect data on trends in population size and location of deer, elk and moose. The information will be used to help inform management decisions. Prizes for participation.
For more information, contact Katelyn White at the Natural Resource Operations office in Fort St. John (250) 787-3496 or Katelyn.White@gov.bc.ca
More Information Public Wildlife Count 2017
Wed 11 Jan 2017
Sat, January 28/17 0800 – 9:00PM Non-Restricted Cost 125.00 + GST (6.25) = 131.25
Sun, January 29/17 1:00PM – 7:00PM Restricted Cost: 75.00 + GST (3.75) = 78.75
Northern Lights College
See the poster for more details.
Fri 16 Dec 2016
Mon 28 Nov 2016
Available to iPhone users, the new Conservation App makes it easy for users to take geo-referenced, time-stamped photos or videos and to report issues related to illegal use, or abuse, of natural resources. The app works both in and out of service areas using the phone’s GPS. Reports are sent to a secure server and then forwarded automatically to the appropriate enforcement agency. An Android version of the app will be available next year.
Fri 25 Nov 2016
A concerned group of residents from the Charlie Lake area are in the process of collecting signatures on a petition that supports the efforts of Pat Pimm’s MLA First Nations Stakeholder Advisory Committee with specific emphasis on two parcels of land on Charlie Lake and one parcel at mile 63.5 that have reserves put on them for consideration in negotiations with local first nations.
More information is included on the petition website.
Thu 3 Nov 2016
Youth Celebration of Hunting & Youth Appreciation Day is on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The fun starts at 2 PM with .22 and trap shooting, and outdoor winter activities as long as the weather cooperates. A free supper at 4 PM will be followed by the youth trophy awards. The trophy portion of the event is open only to children of North Peace Rod and Gun Club members 18 years and under.
Check the poster for event details and how to get trophies measured.