November, 2011: Noreca welcomes Elisabeth Frost on our team

Elisabeth Frost will join our team as a System Biologist and Project Coordinator. Elisabeth is a recent graduate from Acadia University where she studied stressor effects on honeybee learning and memory as part of her Master's degree. We are looking forward to working with you Elisabeth!

July, 2011: Nunavut Wildlife Management Boards awards IMG Golder and Noreca contract to design and develop wildlife monitoring program

A joint venture of IMG Golder Corporation, Noreca Consulting and Juniper Systems was awarded a $1.5 Million contract to assist the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board with the design and implementation of a Nunavut-wide, community-based wildlife monitoring program. Noreca Consulting's role in the project is to develop customized Mobile Applications for ultra-rugged field devices that will allow hunters to collect important wildlife data. Noreca will also develop and host a database-driven web application and assist with the training of data clerks and Inuit hunters in three selected Inuit communities.

April, 2011: Noreca Report on incidental take by mechanical operations estimate annual loss of several Million birds on agricultural lands in Canada

In collaboration with Environment Canada Noreca developed a modeling protocol and extensive meta-analysis about bird mortality on agricultural lands. It is unique as it is the first attempt to estimate total incidental take by agricultural operations across Canada. Based on our calculations for 24 species across Canada the total annual estimated incidental take of young birds could be as high as 1,3 Million for American goldfinch. Estimated net losses to the fall flight of birds (i.e., those birds which would have fledged successfully in the absence of mechanical disturbance) were, for example 320,700 for bobolink and 455,750 for American goldfinch. For non-waterfowl species we estimated that between 0.6% and 21.9% of the total population size are annually killed through mechanical operations.

January, 2010: Caribou Viability Assessment Portal (CVAP) released

Noreca's new Caribou Viability Assessment Portal (CVAP) has been released. It includes three software tools to explore non-spatial population viability of boreal woodland caribou in Canada. Users can download BWCSim1.1 (Boreal Woodland Caribou Simulator) as a desktop application or use a smaller Java Applet version for real-time simulation online. The project has been funded through Environment Canada's Landscape Science and Technology branch.

August, 2008: 3-day Workshop on Population Viability Analysis (PVA)

Acadia University’s Department of Biology in association with Noreca Consulting is pleased to offer a 3-day workshop on population viability analysis in wildlife conservation and management (Oct 22-24, 2008). The course is open to wildlife managers, environmental planners and scientists and will provide participants with in-depth knowledge and hands-on experiences for using PVA in species conservation, decision support and planning. Deadline for registration is October 8th 2008. Number of participants is limited to 6-10 students. For details including course content and instructions on how to register download the PDF file below. Register soon to save a seat in this fun and informative workshop!

July, 2008: New Release for WebDrogue Marine Drift Prediction Model

Noreca Consulting was recently awarded a research grant by Acadia University's Environmental Science Department to improve the user interface of WebDrogue, a marine drift prediction software developed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Canada. The new version has now capabilities for assessing the connectivity of marine protected areas at the North American East Coast. WebDrogue is now able to run simulation scenarios for multiple drift particles linked to a database for hourly wind direction and wind speed. Users are able to set up polygons for marine protected areas and simulate their connectivity.

December, 2007: Study on Hurricane Katrina's Carbon Footprint published in Science

A study by Dr. Jeffrey Chambers from Tulane University and other colleagues showed that Katrina uprooted or severely damaged roughly 320 million trees, making an enormous impact on the carbon balance in the region. The researchers analyzed satellite imagery from before and after the hurricane to determine the net change in dead wood and ground litter. The findings have implications for the carbon footprint of the region’s forests. Through photosynthesis, living trees store carbon, but when they die they begin to decompose, and the action of those decomposing organisms releases carbon. Noreca Consulting has been working together with Dr. Chambers to develop a computer simulation model for carbon dynamics in the central Amazon rainforest.