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New facilities in Grimsö

Part of the new facility for handling wildlife. Photographer: Gunnar Jansson. Part of the new facility for handling wildlife. Photographer: Gunnar Jansson.

The new facility for handling wildlife was completed in September, and now also inspected and approved so ready to take in use. The facility enables great improvements for both data sampling (body measures, tissue samples etc) and other routines related to for example marked animals. The reconstruction started in January and a small inauguration ceremony takes place at October 11.

An example of the interior in one of the sections of the new facility for handling wildlife. Photographer: Gunnar Jansson. An example of the interior in one of the sections of the new facility for handling wildlife. Photographer: Gunnar Jansson.

The building also contains a new kitchen for students and other guests, improved conditions in the car workshop and for storage at the second floor.
 

A moose calf plays around with the marking stick of one of the 600 plots in Grimsös` pellet count (July 2019). A moose calf plays around with the marking stick of one of the 600 plots in Grimsös` pellet count (July 2019).

During the spring a new monitoring series was initiated at Grimsö, with wildlife cameras at 32 of the plots (in total 600) for the annual pellet counts (six species plus habitat data). Wildlife cameras are nowadays an important tool in wildlife management and research, and this project will for example evaluate the relationships between data obtained by pictures and traditional population data based on pellet counts.
 

When tissue samples should be used for analyses of for example diseases, sterilized tools may sometimes be important. Photograper: Gunnar Jansson. When tissue samples should be used for analyses of for example diseases, sterilized tools may sometimes be important. Photograper: Gunnar Jansson.

In September-October the Wildlife biology course is given at Grimsö, this year with 18 students from in total nine different countries. This in combination with other shorter courses and guest stays implies that the accommodations and other services are more or less fully utilized for the period.

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