Leading caribou experts coming to Fort St. John

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The workshop, which is taking place at the Pomeroy Hotel, is held every two years and addresses various topics surrounding caribou, such as biology, research and management.

Delegates in attendance will exchange ideas and information, and discuss issues about caribou conservation and recovery actions from numerous jurisdictions across North America.

This year’s theme will be "Caribou in Managed Landscapes", which will focus on the challenges facing caribou in multi-use landscapes, such as northeast B.C.

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The workshop will also feature a few keynote speakers, including Wayne Sawchuk, a local conservationist, author and photographer who will provide insight into his travels through Canada’s Northern Rockies.

The technical program of the event will feature Marco Festa-Bianchet as another keynote speaker, who will discuss his international expertise on understanding the evolutionary ecology and population dynamics of large herbivores.

Along with speakers, the conference will also feature some field trips, allowing delegates a unique opportunity to visit habitats of caribou in northeast B.C.

Such trips will include a jet boat tour of the Peace River valley, a helicopter tour of caribou habitats in the Rockies, hiking through the Peace River valley, as well as a necropsy demonstration to gain a greater understanding of the ecology of Caribou.

To kick off the week, "A Night of Caribou" is being held Sunday, September 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Whole Wheat n’ Honey Café, which is free of charge and open to the public.

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