Temporal Variability of Stable Carbon and Nitrogen within the Food Webs of Wood Buffalo National Park
Principal Investigator: Sotiropoulos, Maria (1)
Licence Number: 13115
Organization: University of Alberta
Licenced Year(s): 2000
Issued: May 18, 2000
Project Team: William Tonn

Objective(s): The extensive wetland complex in Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) is composed of a mosaic of shallow ponds that are unique in Canada. They are also the nesting grounds of the last migratory population of Whooping Cranes. Ponds just outside the nesting

Project Description: The extensive wetland complex in Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) is composed of a mosaic of shallow ponds that are unique in Canada. They are also the nesting grounds of the last migratory population of Whooping Cranes. Water, organic matter, aquatic plants and small aquatic life forms will be sampled from ponds just outside the nesting area and 0.5 km from the highway. The research team will be transported from Fort Smith to the ponds by a University of Alberta vehicle daily. Samples will be collected from 3 sites using nets and activity traps. This is the first step towards being able to construct the food web relationships of ponds used by the cranes. The results of this study will contribute to current and future research of pond system and ultimately contribute to the conservation of this endangered species and its breeding habitat.