PRINCE GEORGE, B.C -Experts are spreading their knowledge of fish and wildlife research and conservation to the Peace Region.

“The presentations are a great opportunity to learn from some of the country’s leading experts and that knowledge sharing helps build conservation expertise in the Peace Region,” says Chelsea Coady, the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program’s (FWCP) Peace Region manager, in a release on Thursday.

The free Zoom presentations will take place on Feb. 10th, Mar. 3rd, and 24th and will feature talks on “the elusive fisher, the importance of connectivity in rivers and streams, and how genetic analyses can support fish conservation”.

The presentations and topics featured are as follows:

 “A Tale of Two Populations: Why Are Fishers in the Peace Different from 200 km Away?”: During the first presentation, carnivore conservation specialist Rich Weir will speak on a rare mammal in the region, a fishers role in local low-elevation forests and how their habitat is being conserved.

“Dammed If We Don’t: Exploring Opportunities to Restore Connectivity in Rivers and Streams and Why It Matters.”: A little less than a month later, Dan Kraus, a senior conservation biologist, will delve into approaching mapping and prioritizing barrier removal in rivers and streams, and the challenges and opportunities of reconnecting aquatic habitats.

“Genomic Analysis within Salvelinus: Understanding Speciation and Informing Management.”: Dr. Eric Taylor will wrap up the presentations by outlining how genetic analyses of char fish species inform how they evolved and how they are managed.

There is no pre-registration required for the presentations.

Anyone interested can email  al.wiensczyk@unbc.ca to request the passcode and get the Zoom link on the FWCP’s website.

The FWCP is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations, and public stakeholders to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams.