Although people around the world have been impacted by the pandemic, it is children who feel some of the greatest changes. Between distance learning and not being able to see their friends every day, life has been altered in the worst way.
When students went to school one day, they went outside to check out the soccer field but they saw something that surprised them.
It was a little owl that was stuck in the soccer net. Like many children, these kids love animals and they wanted to take care of this beautiful bird. That is when they got busy and gave it a helping hand.
The owl had been tangled in the net for so long that he had basically given up. The kids, on the other hand, were more than willing to help out.
Some school employees were on hand and they came to the net to see what they could do.
They were just the help that the kids needed to free the bird.
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.