Team Goose’s work in Goose Bay, Newfoundland, is complete and the team has been travelling to their next destination: Schefferville, Quebec.
Their email update describes some of the “hazards” of travelling and doing field work in more remote locations. You should ask them sometime about their “fun” plane trip, and I think it’s more than safe to say that they are experiencing a major case of culture shock in their new environment. The team leader will be joining them tomorrow, then hopefully the work will get underway.
Team Moose has wrapped up their work in Moosonee, Ontario and is preparing to journey northward to Churchill, Manitoba for the next round of standardized sampling. Once their equipment has been cleaned and re-packed, they’ll hop on the Polar Bear Express for the first leg of the journey. Air travel should bring them to Manitoba by Wednesday.
Meanwhile, in Kugluktuk, the standardized sampling is going well. Angut has left for a canoe trip, but Crystal has been able to find a replacement bear monitor, so the work will continue. In between servicing traps and hunting mosquito larvae, she’s been getting to know the local flora (with 24 hour daylight, these plant excursions are very often at 12-1 a.m.!); the flowers of spring/early summer are quite beautiful.