Mackenzie is a wildlife biologist for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in Nelson, BC. Mackenzie is also currently persuing her Masters at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, studying habitat selection by grizzly bears, for buffalo berry as a food resource. She uses trail cameras to track the phenology and quantity of buffalo berries that are available for the grizzly bears as a food source. The cameras are also be used to identify when the bears are feeding on the buffalo berries and what other species are competing with the bears for these berries as a food source.
Affiliations: Wildlife and Habitat Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
Species Studied: Grizzly Bear
18 cameras have been deployed on 9 permanent buffalo berry plots. These buffalo berry plots are used to better identify the trends in health and population dynamics of grizzly bears, by monitoring annual buffalo berry fruit production. At...