For the past two years, Matrix Solutions Inc., has teamed up with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help students at Birtle Collegiate gain hands-on experience conducting trail camera mammal surveys, winter tracking and habitat monitoring.
Located at the Fort Ellice project, overlooking the Assiniboine River near St. Lazare, Manitoba, the Birtle Collegiate Outdoor Education and Wildlife Management Program allows students to set up trail cameras throughout the property and analyse images from their classroom in almost real-time. Images of elk, moose and white-tailed deer, as well as furbearers like coyotes, fox, weasel, mink and snowshoe hare, continue to make this project a truly worthwhile experience for both students and mentors.
Matrix Solutions helped students use Global Positioning System (GPS) units, digital cameras and trail cameras (including cellular network enabled units) and provided training on orienteering, general wildlife identification, winter survival techniques, field data collection and image and data processing. At Matrix, we are proud to play a role in shaping tomorrow’s leaders.
More information on the program is available on the Nature Conservancy Canada website.