the Caribou Experts
Don Russell is
our Journey North Caribou Expert. Presently he is a Research Manager in
charge of something called Circumpolar Global Change Program. His studies
focus on the impacts of global change on arctic ecosystems with, of course,
reindeer and caribou as the primary focus. A wildlife biologist
with years of experience in the field working with the Porcupine caribou,
Don is considered one of the top experts in caribou research.
Cooley is a Regional Biologist with the Department of Renewable
Resources in Yukon Territory,Canada. In addition she is an alternate member
for the Government of Yukon on the Porcupine Caribou Management Board.
If you were wondering who it is that rides in the helicopter to capture
and collar the caribou, Dorothy is the one! She is involved with tracking
the caribou and numerous other wildlife research projects.
the Secretariat of the Porcupine Caribou Management Board (PCMB) has an
important role with our project. Her jobs include keeping track of the
activities of the PCMB with monthly updates, communicating with members,
and educational outreach to communities and school children.
Cranberry picking with her daughters
M. Arthur is a research biologist with the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game. One of his main duties with the government is to monitor
the caribou in the far north. Dr. Arthur has been involved with the Porcupine
caribou census; counting and monitoring the population for 4 years. One
of his main duties is to conduct the annual calving ground survey, to estimate
calf production and survival and to document areas used for calving each
year. Keeping track of weather patterns, predator/prey relationships, and
habitat are also part of the work that Dr. Arthur is involved with at the
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Kienzler is a wildlife technician for the Northern Region of
the Yukon based in Dawson City. He has worked closely with biologist
Dorothy Cooley since 1997. As a technician, his primary tasks are
more on an operational level, organizing for and carrying out fieldwork,
ordering and maintaining equipment and so on. Currently the only "net-gunner" for
the Yukon Government, Martin travels around the Yukon capturing caribou
of the various herds, for deployment of radio and satellite collars
when and where needed.
Kienzler andDorothy Cooley pose in their official Journey North
Kienzler (with Dorothy Cooley) wrestles collared caribou
Assisting in this Project:
A cooperative project between a number of wildlife agencies and Boards to
use satellite radio-collars on Porcupine Caribou to document the seasonal
range use and migration patterns of the herd.
Porcupine Caribou Management Board
A management group that includes agencies from the Canadian Government, Native
organizations, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories governments.