UBC Undergraduate Research

An Examination of Animal Food Sources in Totem Residences as they contribute to UBC Community Biodiversity Green Corridor Landscape Madden, Cheryl-Lee


The purpose of this study is to continue the University of British Columbia Biodiversity Green Corridor project located within Totem Residence area. Specifically, to provide four species at risk, through knowledge of their habitat and food sources with those advantages necessary to thrive yearlong in this area. Understanding habitat quality and food sources for animals and birds is crucial for landscape architects and managers. For managers to understand where the distribution of food sources for species at risk are located, the quality of food sources and identification of species must first be measured. The scope of this project allowed for this student to photograph Totem food sources whilst on other occasions join a walk of this grid with UBC Birding Club members identifying those birds and mammals at risk. Once those species were identified these photographs were loaded onto Google Maps which then could be downloaded into KML network links. Next these files can be opened in Google Earth by Landscape Architects to view the map. In addition, UBC landscape design maps from 1960s to present day, identified those plants that had been planted within the grid area. The student then compared with what had existed with what this student found on her ecological studies. One plant invasive species was discovered, the yellow flag iris which the client, landscape architect explained will be removed from the last remaining wetland area beside Totem forest. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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