I am interested in bioacoustics and how it can be used to determine bird community composition and species richness in mountain peatlands in the Upper Bow Basin, Alberta. Peatlands are ecologically valuable ecosystems to both our society and the environment, and mountain peatland biodiversity is severely under studied worldwide. In Alberta, mountain peatlands are currently not mapped or identified in the Alberta Wetland Inventory. To characterize bird communities and species richness in mountain peatlands, I use autonomous recording units and bird surveys during the breeding season. With this research, I look to quantify mountain peatland bird biodiversity, a stepping stone towards understanding the ecological value of mountain peatlands in Alberta.
University of Waterloo