The NBP field season officially kicked off today with the departure of “Team Moose” and “Team Goose”!
Team Goose (consisting of Sarah, Meagan and Christine), arrived safely in Goose Bay, Newfoundland earlier today. They will be joined by team leaders Donna and Chris in the next few days. This is the first of three stops for the team. After Goose Bay, they travel northward to Schefferville, Quebec, and wrap up their journey with a two-week stop at Lake Hazen, Nunavut. All three locations will be intensively sampled, for both aquatic and terrestrial arthropods, for a two-week period. Our months of planning, preparation and training are finally being put to the test!
Team Moose (Patrick, Jana, Anna) and their team leader, Doug, will soon arrive in Moosonee, Ontario – the first leg of their journey. After two weeks of collecting, they will move on to Churchill, Manitoba, then Iqaluit, Nunavut. Hopefully we’ll get an update from them soon!
The last member of the NBP team, Crystal, will be flying out to Kugluktuk, Nunavut, in a week’s time. With the help of Angut Pedersen (a resident of Kugluktuk who has been attending school in Ontario), Crystal will be conducting the same intensive two-week sampling regime three times over the course of the summer along with her own experiments. She and Angut will also be working within the community to develop training opportunities for students, and to create a scientific collection of locally significant insects.NBP team members have an incredibly exciting summer ahead of them – this is surely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!