Humming to the tune of Hummingbirds

Humming to the tune of Hummingbirds

by Anne Drummond It is 6 A.M. and only a tiny sliver of light on the eastern horizon to presage the dawn. There is 2 feet of snow on the ground and the temperature dropped to -8 C for the third night in a row. You are taking the freshly filled hummingbird feeders out...

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On the Nature of Stewardship

On the Nature of Stewardship

by Anne Drummond We are living in strange and uncertain times; forest fires, floods, and other manifestations of climate change along with the social, economic, and ecological problems associated with an ever-increasing human population. Then the current COVID-19...

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Pretty in pink: our control group

Pretty in pink: our control group

Now that fawning season has begun, have you seen a doe with fawns in your neighbourhood? This past fall, we undertook the second phase of the Oak Bay Urban Deer study supported by the District of Oak Bay and the Province of BC. Before the rut in 2019, the research...

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Fawn season 2020

Fawn season 2020

by Anne Drummond Along with warmer, brighter days and burgeoning vegetation growth, deer fawning season is beginning, with the first fawns already sighted in Oak Bay and other municipalities. One of our "control group" deer that did not receive immunocontraceptive in...

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Deer Management Grant Funding

Deer Management Grant Funding

Dr. Jason Fisher, lead scientist of the Oak Bay Urban Deer Research Project. The current Oak Bay Urban Deer Research Project has been funded by the Province of BC and the District of Oak Bay, in partnership with the volunteer, non-profit Urban Wildlife Stewardship...

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Living with Wildlife: the Oak Bay Deer study

Living with Wildlife: the Oak Bay Deer study

When you think of deer, do you think of a doe feeding in a wilderness meadow, the Disney movie Bambi, or of the light-up decorations that were on display over Christmastime in front yards across Canada? For many people, deer are just that—something far away, a...

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Yule Log

As another year of changing seasons comes to a close, the UWSS would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or perhaps just simply a celebration of the beauty, peace and balance that we so often find in nature. We are sharing this video that...

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Too loose, too tight, just right?

Too loose, too tight, just right?

Over the past two years, you may have got used to seeing 20 does wandering around with collars that have four large tags in a variety of colours hanging from their necks. These deer are the control group for the Oak Bay Urban Deer Research Project and the collars are...

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This is a Climate Emergency

This is a Climate Emergency

The Climate Emergency has an impact on all of us, often in ways we don’t necessarily recognize.  Alina Fisher, communications expert for the UWSS (UVic PhD student), is a signatory on the open letter in the journal BioScience, signed by 11,258 scientists from 153...

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Boostering was a success!

Boostering was a success!

As Hallowe’en came and went, the immuno-contraception(IC) portion of the science-based Oak Bay Urban Deer Research Project came to a close for this year.  What a successful September and October it’s been! Read on for a summary of the project to date!

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Deerly Beloved

Deerly Beloved

During late-fall's rutting season, any "street sense" our urban bucks have developed is likely lost in a hormone-induced haze. Their behaviour can seem irrational, but really they’re just single-minded. It’s important to be aware they might run out into the road, when...

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