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Field research stations in Canadian parks

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      Patrick Moldowan

      This post is to make users of Canadian parks aware of a substantial network of field research facilities present within or often in association with parks. Field research stations often provide housing (and sometimes meals) for student, academic, and government researchers conducting field studies. Field Stations, especially those with a long history, are particularly valuable for their baseline data collection, collaborative environment, and access to parks and protected areas. Although many such field stations focus on wildlife and environmental science, these facilities are well equipped for use by social scientists, artists, and other user groups.

      A list of Canadian field stations and their facilities can be found here:

      An example: The Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (established 1944) is an independent non-profit organization that operates within Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario (Ontario Parks). The vision of the organization is to be a leader in wildlife research and experiential learning through education, conservation, and inspiration. The organization is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors, run by a small team of staff, and supported through user fees. The Station is open year around and hosts a diversity of user groups (undergraduate field courses, student and academic researchers, artists, documentary cinematographers, et cetera). The AWRS is particularly known for long-term ecological studies, including many of the longest continuous studies of marked wildlife populations in the world. More information at:

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