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Wildlife Research Station

  Algonquin Provincial Park  




Welcome to the Wildlife Research Station



Since its inception in 1944, the WRS has been providing access and logistical support for University and government researchers from Ontario and across North America. The WRS is situated on Lake Sasajewun in Algonquin Provincial Park and operates as a non-for-profit organization.


Note: Any research conducted at the WRS must first be approved by Algonquin Provincial Park. See our Information section for more details.


Welcome to the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (WRS) website!


We hope our website will provide insight into the world class research being conducted within Algonquin Park, everyday camp life at the WRS, and a chance for past researchers, staff and potential new visitors to be kept up-to-date on what's happening at the WRS. I encourage you to browse our website and see all of the exciting new research and events that the WRS is hosting.


If you have any questions or comments please submit them to me, Timothy Winegard, Manager of the WRS at Please enjoy our new site, and check back often for news, research updates, and upcoming events!



What's new at the WRS


Wildlife at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station 2015


Check out our photo gallery for the latest images from our wildlife photography workshops. We've had some fantastic opportunities to share our passion for wildlife research, habitat conservation and the ethical engagement of wildlife. The opportunity to join us one and one has resulted in life-time memories and achievements for our participants.



Summer 2015 at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station


The 2015 field season at the WRS has begun. Once again the expert knowledge of WRS-based researchers has helped documentary makers film some of Canada's spectacular spring wildlife. With a number of returning long-term research projects already at work in the field we are always looking for new researchers and educators interested in bringing their work to the WRS.



PBS Nature Miniseries "Animal Homes" released April 8th, 2015



Coneflower Studios produced miniseries "Animal Homes" premiered April 8, 2015. Over the 2014 winter season we hosted the Emmy nominated and renowned wildlife videographer Michael Male of birdfilms who has filmed for BBC's "Life in Cold Blood", "Blue Planet", "The Life of Birds", National Geographic etc. Working with Dan Strickland and WRS-based researchers Michael filmed the nesting behavior of Gray Jays who begin nesting during the heart of the Canadian winter.


AWRS Annual General Meeting


The AWRS Annual General Meeting Monday May 4th brought together our partners to review the 2014 season and our 70th year of operations in Algonquin Provincial Park. I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend and look forward to working together on our outreach, research and education-based partnerships in 2015.


2014 Research Report Now Available!


The AWRS is pleased to announce the release of our 2014 Research Report. The annual report was established to provide a platform for the dissemination of WRS based research findings, to keep alumni and supporters up-to-date on WRS related activities, and to illustrate to the public the role the WRS plays in wildlife research and education in Algonquin Provincial Park. We ask that you circulate this years research report among your friends, family, and colleagues to aid in our efforts of strengthening our support network and to help ensure our sustainability over the next 70 years.


Algonquin WRS Summer Jobs


Thanks to everyone who applied. The 2015 WRS team has been hired for this season. If you are interested in applying to work at the historic Algonquin Wildlife Research Station please check back in early 2016. To learn more click here.


New for 2015 Algonquin Wildlife Workshops!


The AWRS's Tim Winegard in partnership with renowned naturalist, expedition guide and photographer Robin Tapley and Jamie Giardini have developed new programs to highlight wildlife research in Algonquin Park. Programs will focus on developing an understanding of wildlife life-history strategies (biology, ecology, behaviour) and how this can benefit ones photographic, naturalist, or other outdoor pursuits. To learn more click here.

Follow along on Facebook: AWRS, Robin Tapley; Twitter: AWRS, Robin Tapley

Check out who's following: Canada Travel News; Explorer's Edge; Huntsville Forester

Summer/Fall 2014 News


Thanks to Everyone for Making our 70th Reunion and Fundraiser a Sucess!!



Thank you alumni, friends, family, volunteers and dedicated WRS'ers for making our 70th Reunion and Fundraiser such a success! Despite the cold, and damp weather we had over 95 attendees at the event and raised nearly $5000 from our silent auction! Many thanks to those of you who not only donated auction items but bid on them. We have generated a lot of positive momentum for the station and we must continue to work hard to preserve this socially rich and research rich station. Thank you everyone once again and please stay in touch via our website and facebook for updates on future auctions items (i.e. A Chestnut Canoe Co. Cedar-strip Canoe), and more!


Indieo Go-Go Fundraiser Campaign Raises $10,824 for the WRS!!


The Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (AWRS) has been at the forefront of ecological research for 70 years (1944-2014), training students and providing evidence-based science for policy makers. Called a "priceless asset to field biology", the AWRS has made invaluable contributions to our understanding of plants and wildlife in natural and human-impacted systems.  Aging infrastructure and funding shortfalls threaten to close the Station and halt biological study by international research teams. Our recent fundraising campaign raised $10,824.00 to help support the not-for-profit AWRS reach financial sustainability - for students, public education, and future generations.


Thank-you to everyone who contributed to making this campaign such a success. Despite the conclusion of our Indie Go-Go campaign we are still in need of support to reach our goal of financial sustainability. Please see our donations link or contact the WRS Manager and/or our Board of Directors to see how you can continue to support the conservation of wildlife habitat and the study of Canadian flora and fauna.


6th Annual Meet the Researcher Day Draws Crowd and Press to the East Beach Pavilion July 31, 2014.


The 6th annual MTRD brougth citizens and scientists together to discuss wildlife research in Algonquin Park and across Ontario. With displays from researchers at the AWRS, Harkness Research Labs, The Algonquin Forestry Authority, The Owl Foundation, Algonquin Naturalists and others the event was a huge success drawing in 600 people from the park and neighboring communities. Many thanks to the Friends of Algonquin Park for putting on the charity BBQ to support wildlife research in Algonquin. Next years event promises to bring even more organizations together for the event. See our events links and press is available from the event!


Winter 2014 News


Wildlife Ski Tour

The second annual Wildlife Ski Tour on March 1st was a success! Over 40 skiers turned out to enjoy the beautiful day, a hot chili lunch, win draw prizes, and the chance to learn more about park wildlife. Thank you to everyone that came out – staff, volunteers, supporters and most of all the skiers! More pictures on the WRS Facebook page and Event Page.






The WRS & Algonquin Park research around the web


A great article about Bruce Falls, who started small mammal research at the WRS.

The WRS is in Canadian Geographic, as a positive note in "Field station woes"



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Last Updated:......................................................................................................................................................................... Website Design

    May 12, 2015 ..........................................................................................................................................................................AshleyEckford
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