From Team Wells:
All is Wells in the Mackenzie Valley! We were met at the Norman Wells airport by Richard Popko of the NWT Department of Resources, Wildlife & Economic Development. After grabbing a quick lunch and dropping off our gear at the Valleyview Apartment, we sussed-out prospective sampling sites within easy driving distance of town. We managed to deploy all our trap sites the following day (Tuesday), and have been busily taking aquatics-, biting fly- and opportunistic collections ever since. Our local contacts have been extraordinarily supportive…. especially Richard and Glen Guthrie. We’re looking forward to connecting with Alasdair Veitch at some point next week!
The weather has been unseasonably cool and wet this week, but a warming trend over the next few days should really bring out the insects. We’ve already seen plenty of vertebrates, including black bears and foxes. The former are quite numerous, and two bears were put down this week when they wandered into the heart of downtown Norman Wells. The locals like to remind us that, on one memorable occasion, a black bear entered the very apartment complex we’re staying in, chasing a terrified resident down the hall. Fortunately, the bears we have encountered so far have been well behaved.
Tomorrow is a big day as we’re planning to service all our traplines. Hopefully the Canucks/Bruins game doesn’t go into overtime, as we’ll need to start early to get everything done. From the shores of the mighty Mackenzie River, this is Team Wells signing off for now.