Brown Bag Lunch: Speaker Series

MEET JOËL POTIÉ, A MASTERS STUDENT AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY WHOSE RESEARCH FOCUSES ON THE BEHAVIOUR OF FEMALE SHARP-TAILED GROUSE IN A NEGATIVELY IMPACTED ENVIRONMENT.

Sharp-tailed grouse have a limited distribution in Yukon, unique habitat requirements, restricted movements, and intense social behaviour. Of the Yukon grouse, only the sharp-tailed variety use a communal breeding strategy—setting this grouse apart in that the selection of specific breeding locations increases the population’s vulnerability to disturbances, compared with a more widespread breeding strategy used by other Yukon grouse.

In past and current placer mining project reviews, concerns have been raised with potential impacts to sharp-tailed grouse where proposed placer activities overlap suspected key habitats. Uncertainty on the status of this grouse in Yukon and a lack of knowledge about its ecology in northern environments have resulted in management challenges.

Potié’s baseline ecological study is critical for understanding land use impacts on this grouse and creating meaningful mitigation strategies.

THURS APR 7
12-1
A2206
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