Many wildlife managers are experiencing limitations that prevent them from securing the data they need. The GOABC wants to help provide citizen science to improve population data, hence the Wildlife DNA Collection Program.
Guide outfitters and their crew spend a considerable time in the backcountry and, as a result, they know wildlife populations and habitat very well. Our Wildlife DNA Collection Program provides a way to harness this knowledge and time spent afield and is an effective way to secure important wildlife data.
Members of GOABC who wish to participate in the program are provided with wildlife DNA collection kits. These kits are easy to use in the field and the sample cards are then mailed back to GOABC. Upon receipt the cards are catalogued and stored. In future, the DNA samples will be sequenced to help provide insight into the health and size of wildlife populations in our province.