Amélie Roberto-Charron has returned back home to Canada after a life-changing experience as Canada’s 29th New Noah. What has Amélie been up to?
Since returning to Canada, Amélie has moved to Yellowknife to pursue an opportunity as a Landbird Biologist with the Canadian Widlife Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada.
She has spent most of her time surveying boreal birds in the Northwest Territories as part of a national boreal monitoring initiative. She has been travelling to remote areas in the territory to determine the abundance and range of various species. (Which means travelling by helicopter!)
She has also been involved in collaborative projects, such as tracking blackpoll warbler migration and building the common nighthawks genoscape. Blackpoll Warblers have one of the longest songbird migrations, travelling up to 20,000 km each year, and crossing the Atlantic during their fall migration. Amélie has been involved in catching blackpoll warblers and deploying light-level geolocators as little backpacks on them. These units record ambient light and Greenwich mean time, from which a daily location can be calculated. This project is aimed to track the annual movements of individual Blackpolls from the northern limit of their breeding range. Amélie has also been involved in catching Common Nighthawks for another collaborative project to assess the genetics of individuals in the territory.
We’ll keep in touch with Amélie as she continues her new adventures in Yellowknife. Stay tuned for more updates.