Research and monitoring
There are several ways Parks Canada helps species at risk in La Mauricie, including implementing research and monitoring. The conservation service team conducts studies and inventories in order to monitor the park’s health status and implement actions to protect flora and fauna.
Keeping an eye on frogs
Since 2005, park frogs have been the subject of close monitoring. The purpose is to assess whether populations have been able to hold steady despite the generalized decrease of amphibians around the world. Fortunately enough, they still appear to be present in the areas they have customarily occupied. In addition, restoration work at Bouchard Lake and Lac du Pimbina, which was aimed primarily at aiding speckled trout, also appears to have had a positive impact on frogs.
A tree species close to extinction
Thirteen plant species in the Park are designated as being at risk. For example, the tree known as the butternut is dying out due to butternut canker, a fatal disease caused by an invasive alien species of fungus. More than 80% of the park’s butternuts were infected as of 2009. At this time, we are actively gathering data in order to better understand the problem at hand.
A different angle on park carnivores
Close to 30 cameras have been set up in the park to snap animals live. These cameras are camouflaged in the woods and are tripped by motion detectors. With the resulting photos, the team can assess the abundance of particular species and check to see whether populations are stable and healthy. Importantly, they must do their work without disturbing or capturing animals. A first series of photos is taken in May and June to evaluate the abundance of black bear, while a second series is taken from mid-September to late November regarding the American marten and the fisher.