Parks Canada Presents: A Panel on Fire, Water and Bats

Friday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., CS 101

1. Coastal Erosion and Related Archaeology Practices at the Fortress of Louisbourg. Rebecca Dunham, Senior Archaeologist, Fortress of Louisbourg NHS

The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is a coastally positioned 18th century fortress site that is feeling the effects of climate change. Since its construction, sea level has risen over 85 cm and the coast line has receded approximately 15- 18 m at Louisbourg. Louisbourg archaeologists continue to identify, record and conduct rescue excavation at sites that are currently threatened by erosion.

2. Fire Behaviour Study in the Taiga of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Anne-Claude Pépin, Resource Management Officer, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Parks Canada in collaboration with Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Canada are using prescribed fire to build a model that will help predict how fast and how intense fire burns under different weather conditions in shrub type vegetation found on the plateau of Cape Breton Highlands national park.. Long term monitoring of post fire regeneration will also contribute to our understanding of the role that fire plays in that ecosystem.

3. Scanning the Airwaves for Bats: Ultrasonic Bat Monitoring at Parks Canada Places. Jared Tomie A/ Resource Management Officer, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

In this presentation we will learn about the mysterious life history of local bat species, the impact of an invasive fungal pathogen, and Parks Canada’s bat monitoring program at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.