Reclamation and Reforestation Practitioner Events

Seminars, workshops, and field tours are targeted towards reclamation and reforestation practitioners, organized by the Centre for Boreal Research to disseminate research results and best management practices.

Introduction to Zero Inflated Models using R-INLA

Provided by: Highland Statistics Ltd
In cooperation with: Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker, Centre for Boreal Research
Monday 23 – Thursday 26 March 2020
NAIT Main Campus, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Productivity and Innovation Centre

Instructors: Dr. Alain Zuur, Dr. Elena Ieno

Cost: 995 CAD + 5% GST

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Public Events

Boreal Nature Series

The Boreal Nature Series  are informal educational events showcasing research occurring in the Peace Region. Events include public presentations and nature walks offered at no charge. Presentations are 1 hour in length during the evenings including time for questions.

The Boreal Nature Series are available as student classroom presentations in the Peace Region during school hours.

Contact Rielle  Massey-Leclerc  for more information.

There are no scheduled events at this time.

Boreal Research

Alberta Native Plant Council, Peace Region Plant Study Group

Location: Centre for Boreal Research, Peace River, Alberta

Cost: Free

The Alberta Native Plant Council (ANPC) is a provincial wide volunteer based organization promoting awareness and education about native plants in Alberta. Free winter monthly plant study meetings for the Peace Region group are held at the Centre for Boreal Research on the 1st Wednesday of the month from November to May. In the summer there are plant walks on various dates. Anyone interested in learning about local plants is welcome – it is suitable for artists, naturalists, novice and expert botanists alike.

Learn more about the Peace Region Group (pdf)

For information about plant study groups around Alberta, visit the ANPC website.

Peace River Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 14, 2019

What is a Christmas Bird Count? The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the Western Hemisphere meet to count the birds in their regions. Peace River is one of 55 groups in Alberta! The data collected in the Christmas Bird Count helps scientists understand long-term trends for populations of winter birds. 

Boreal Wildlife

How do I participate in a Christmas Bird Count?  Participants can work alone or in a team to cover one of the nine sectors in Peace River. You can go out any time of day , however, you will see more birds if you go out in the morning. Most observers count for a few hours but you can count all day if you like! Bird surveys are done by vehicle or foot along pre-determined roads. No need to spend a chilly day outside! Any amount of time you'd like to spend counting birds is acceptable, you can count birds for a few hours at your bird feeder, you can hike a local trail, or you can drive and count birds as you see them. 

Learn more about the Christmas Bird Count.

To participate in this year's Christmas Bird Count, contact Sarah Bradely.

Citizen Science

Bats: Peace River and surrounding area provides important habitat for bats, however, there is  limited data on bat community distribution within the region. Using Echometers, a form of acoustic sound monitors that plug into your smartphone, you can help Alberta Environment and Parks fill knowledge gaps on bats in the boreal. Contact  Rielle Massey-Leclerc  or Courtney Hughes  for more information. For more information on provincial initiatives visit Alberta Community Bat Program or Alberta Environment.

Silver-haired bat

Bears: GrizzTracker is a specially designed smartphone app that the public can use to report grizzly bear sightings, while tracking participant effort. Similar to other wildlife counts (e.g. Christmas Bird Count) participant effort (time and distance) is necessary for collecting scientifically defensible data. This data helps scientists and policy makers to make appropriate decisions regarding grizzly bears and landscape management. Learn more about the GrizzTracker.

Snakes: Submit snake hibernacula sightings to the Alberta Conservation Association to help build an inventory and better understand the distribution and status of snakes in the region. 

Bees: The Alberta Native Bee Council has a bumblebee box monitoring program. In Peace River, there is data collected on bee sightings. Contact Courtney Hughes for more information.

Photo Contest 2019

4th Annual Boreal Photo Contest Winners


Boreal Wildlife

1st place
Angeline Van Dongen
“Yellow Headed Blackbird”

Yellow Headed Blackbird

2nd place
Sharon Krushel
“Common Nighthawk”

Common Nighthawk

3rd place
Garret Mcken
“Fawn in Hiding”

Fawn in Hiding

Boreal Plants

1st place
Brant Broome
“Common Tansy"

Common Tansy

2nd place
Angeline Van Dongen
“Campanula rotundifolia”

Campanula rotundifolia

3rd place
Bin Xu
“Macro Bloom”

Macro Bloom

Boreal Landscapes

1st place
Bin Xu
“Dusky Valley”

Dusky Valley

2nd place
Franco M. Alo


3rd place
Chinmoyee Mukerji
“Bear Creek Path”

Bear Creek Path

(New) Boreal Science

1st place
Garret Mcken
“Banded American Kestrels”

Banded American Kestrels

2nd place
Chibuike Chigbo
“Survey Spectacle”

Survey Spectacle

3rd place
Brant Broome
“Northern Flicker Cavity”

Northern Flicker Cavity

Thank you to all who submitted for the contest. Only winning photos are displayed.

The 5th Annual Boreal Photo Contest with be open for submissions from May 1st 2020 – October 1st 2020.