Connecting Business to Campus via Digital Technology

June 27, 2017

Connecting Business to Campus via Digital Technology

As industrial projects, such as oil and gas and hydro-electric generation, expand across western Canada, there is a growing need to better understand how these disturbances effect bird movement. On June 21, EDI biologist, Vicki Smith pictured), presented an initiative at a Prince George Chamber of Commerce workshop on digital technology. The initiative tested the use of RFID technology (scanning bar codes) to assess the effects of linear disturbance corridors on songbirds. In collaboration with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), an MSc student successfully completed a pilot project that assessed the responses of birds crossing linear corridors. This work demonstrates an effective method to quantify effects of linear corridors on songbirds and to develop mitigations that address the potential effects.