CEDaR Lab Field Diaries: Updates from Kananaskis Country

Hello CEDaR Labbers, loyal blog followers (there must be a few of you out there), friends, and family!

Today marked our third field day in Kananaskis, AB. This week we’ve seen a lot of what fall in Alberta has to offer, from blue to snowy skies, and quite a few trees in between. We arrived on Saturday, and after setting up our campsite took a bit of time to tour around.

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Views of Lower Kananaskis Lake near our campsite in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

Best intentions aside, we did not get to work on Sunday as planned due to a large amount of rain and snow that fell overnight onto our tents and, possibly more pressing, onto our research sites. A tricky thing about working in the mountains this time of year is that when it rains in the valley it often means snow is falling at higher elevations. After escaping from our snowy cocoons, we drove to Canmore in search of public buildings with heat to share.

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This is a picture of two sad tents. We are happy to report that Canmore has a beautiful community centre.

Much to our delight, the past three days have been remarkably beautiful and we’ve gotten lots of our work done. During this trip we’re resurveying existing seed addition plots, collecting soil samples, measuring soil temperatures, and making a genuine effort to better learn and inventory the very diverse plant life growing at our field sites.

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Beth pictured above doing an excellent job of note-taking while simultaneously not falling down the mountain (harder than it sounds).

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The view from our field site at Fortress Mountain in Kananaskis. All that sun is melting the snow, and that is good news for fieldworkers! 

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Herbivore exclosure plots at Highwood Pass, in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. (Note the stack of yogurt containers in the bottom right. These are the remains of a failed seed trap experiment … not a single seed was trapped, but, sadly, about 100 dead beetles were).

Over the next few days were are finishing up our work here, and heading to Kootenay National Park and then on to Jasper.

Wishing you blue sky days!

Emma and Beth

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One Response to CEDaR Lab Field Diaries: Updates from Kananaskis Country

  1. Logan says:

    Great pics!! Shitty tent situation!

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