Cochrane Ecological Institute
Where Ideas Become Reality 

CEI Research programs


The CEI provides accredited external supervision for undergraduate and graduate research for universities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada. Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, UK, USA.

CLICK HERE TO VEIW A LIST OF OUR RESEARCH REPORTS 

Current programs and Projects

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Species Recognition and Tracking system for Wildlife using a UAV


The study objective is to develop a field tested and deploy able UAV system to identify, count and track wildlife species endemic to Alberta Canada.

                                        

Our Bear Program

The CEI constructed (2020) the first enclosure built to international
specifications for rearing orphaned Grizzly bear cubs, (Ursus arctos),
east of the Rocky Mountains.


Developing and Acoustical Landscape of the CEI Property

CEI has begun recording the acoustical landscape of the property.  This will involve the recording and identification of mammal, avian and amphibian species.  This will build on acoustical work done of Swift Fox in the 1990 and be the basis for an acoustical identification system for existing species.

Current Survey!

We are participating in the Alberta Community Bat Program!

We will be collecting, recording, and surveying local bats in our area to provide (ACBP) information for their research!
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Past Programs and Projects 

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 Endangered Species Programs

Since 1967, at its own expense, CEI has worked under Permit with both federal  and provincial governments on reintroduction programs.

 The reintroduction expertise of the CEI has been recognized by the Federal Government (1st Rio Biodiversity Summit),
by the government of Norway (2004) and Government of South Korea (2018)

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The Swift Fox Reintroduction Program

The CEI initiated and implemented the first successful reintroduction of the Swift fox (Siinopaa, Vulpes velox) in Canada and the USA   

  • Over 1,000 CEI Swift foxes successfully reintroduced in Canada.
  • Over 200 successfully reintroduced on Black foot Confederacy Tribal lands.
  • 75% survival over 4 years, recruitment 
  • (breeding success) 14% to 16%


Trumpeter Swan

(Cygnus buccinator)


Wood Bison

(B.b. athabascae)



Our development of non intrusive research methods

The Development of the swift fox  (Vulpus velox) Hair Trap

TECHNOLOGY EXCHANGE AND CAPACITY BUILDING

 Since the 1990, the CEI has been working with First Nations in Canada and Native Americans south of the Border to exchange our knowledge.


WATERSHED RESEARCH:

 over the past years, since the beginning of the Century, the CEI has undertaken or facilitated watershed monitoring and research


Blood Tribe Dug-out Water Quality report

 Zachery’s amphibian research report


Horse Creek Watershed report

A night at the feed box

How many animals visit your backyard in a night?