Lands within the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor (Photo by Brent Calver)

Lands within the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor (Photo by Brent Calver)

Camera traps in the Crowsnest Pass

Male deer caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass

Male deer caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass

The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Miistakis Institute are excited to announce a new initiative happening in the Crowsnest Pass to monitor wildlife movement across Highway 3. This camera trap project will use WildTrax, an online tool developed by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, for image storage and review.

More than 30 wildlife cameras have been installed on either side of the highway and at existing structures, such as bridges, culverts and an overpass, between Coleman and Crowsnest Lake. These cameras are triggered by movement and work 24 hours per day in all light conditions.

Seventeen local volunteers in the Crowsnest Pass are involved in the project. Each volunteer has been assigned specific cameras, and they will help collect images and identify species.

Almost all the wildlife species that live in the foothills and mountain regions of Alberta will use this corridor. This includes ungulates (elk, deer, moose and bighorn sheep) and carnivores (bear, wolverine and cougar).

The data gathered in this program will be used to inform future wildlife management strategies across Highway 3.

Here are some images from the first batch of cameras. Stay tuned for more photos in the future!

  • Bighorn sheep caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
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    Bighorn sheep caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
  • Cougar caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
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    Cougar caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
  • Deer caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
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    Deer caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
  • Deer caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
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    Deer caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
  • Elk caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
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    Elk caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
  • Fox caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
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    Fox caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
  • Deer caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
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    Deer caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
  • Wild turkey caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
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    Wild turkey caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
  • Wild turkeys caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)
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    Wild turkeys caught on camera in the Crowsnest Pass (Photo by NCC)

 

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