Kingston Ontario was the site of a March 23 workshop and a March 24 field trip to St. Lawrence Islands National Park. The topic is one controversial even for professional scientists: are deer hyperabundant, are they having measurable ecological impacts, and, if so, how should we management them as humanely and effectively as possible?
CASIOPA deer management agenda
We began with a ceremony from our 14 participants from First Nations, particularly the Mohawk Council of Awkwesasne; we appreciated and respected their efforts to attend and their participation and leadership during the roundtables that represented the bulk of the meeting.
Emily Gonzales of Parks Canada provided a reading package for participants:
Emily also set the stage for the meeting with a presentation on hyperabundance of deer:
OMNR’s Sandy Dobbyn and colleagues then led us through a series of presentations on state of the science and communication:
Chris Daniel of ApexRMS led discussions on technical approaches to landscape scale management and detection:
After that, the 43 attendees gathered and addressed the main issues of the agenda during a series of roundtables:
The field trip to St. Lawrence Islands National Park was attended by about 1/3 of the workshop participants:
A report, based on our discussions, was written by CASIOPA co-op student Jessica Kidd (Dept Environment & Resource Studies, University of Waterloo), and published early in 2010:
2010 deer management practices review