Wapusk National Park of Canada

Parks Canada and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre Host Science Symposium

Sheldon Kowalchuk
Resource Conservation Manager,Wapusk National Park and Manitoba North National Historic Sites

The final afternoon of the symposium was a cooperative initiative involving the Parks and Protected Area Research Forum of Manitoba, Parks Canada and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Over 175 people were in attendance at this joint session. The final afternoon of the symposium was a cooperative initiative involving the Parks and Protected Area Research Forum of Manitoba, Parks Canada and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Over 175 people were in attendance at this joint session.
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On January 19 and 20, 2011 nearly 100 people attended a science symposium in Winnipeg that was hosted by both the Churchill Northern Studies Centre and Parks Canada. The purpose of the symposium was to bring together people with a common interest in northern Manitoba to raise awareness about research and monitoring activities through sharing results, and to build partnering relationships amongst the research community.

A total of 23 researchers gave presentations and 25 presented posters during the symposium. The two-day event ended with two informative presentations by Dr. Jim Duncan from Manitoba Conservation, which focussed on Biodiversity in Manitoba, and by Dr. Nick Lunn of Environment Canada who spoke about the long-term research on the polar bears of western Hudson Bay.

This symposium was a tremendous success, shining a spotlight on the impressive number and variety of world class research initiatives occurring in Wapusk National Park (NP), the Churchill Wildlife Management Area and the Churchill region. The meeting also highlighted the value of the scientific community working collaboratively to achieve results. Working with partners greatly enhances Parks Canada’s ability to deliver on its research and monitoring goals in Wapusk NP.