CALGARY CAPTURED: ENGAGING CALGARIANS IN URBAN WILDLIFE MONITORINGCategory: 2020, Current, Grant, Land Use, Major Project
As Calgary continues to develop without enough consideration of wildlife, it’s clear information on urban wildlife and their movements is desperately needed. The Calgary Captured program aims to fill this gap by monitoring wildlife across multiple years through remote cameras placed in key natural environment parks and ecological corridors, providing insight into wildlife presence, movement, and responses to development. Calgary Captured engages Calgarians to help classify wildlife images gathered to species on the citizen science platform, Zooniverse. Citizen involvement increases eco-literacy, and social capital needed to support investment in mitigation to improve wildlife movement. The resulting information gathered will facilitate better development and management decisions that protect and enhance Calgary’s ecological integrity and resiliency.
Calgary Captured partners include the Miistakis Institute, City of Calgary, Alberta Parks, Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society, and Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society.