Students count moose in Fundy National Park from the air
Tracking moose helps monitor park's ecosystem
Students from the Maritime College of Forest Technology used helicopters on Saturday to try and find out how many moose are in Fundy National Park.
The students said it was good hands-on experience for a future career, but it also yields vital information for Parks Canada.
“It's part of the long-term monitoring that the parks are interested in and it's real life experience for our students, so they get that technical training,” said Gerry Redmond, director of the Maritime College of Forest Technology.
Fifteen students poured over aerial grids of the 200 square kilometre park hoping to spot and document moose below.
They said the animals are an important indicator of the health of the ecosystem so their data is crucial to finding out how Fundy is doing.
“Over the past three years we're starting to get a pretty good picture that the moose density here in the park is at a healthy level,” said park official Livia Goodbrand.
The students also set up about 20 remote cameras to check on predators in the region.
They'll be back in a month to check the findings and pass the information on to Parks Canada.