Keeping a watchful eye on wildlife
We've created a time-lapse video that showcases a selection of images captured.
June 2016 – We’ve been keeping a close eye on wildlife around our oil sands operations with remote cameras in northern Alberta for more than six years, improving our understanding of how animals interact with our facilities and resulting in improvements at our sites to help us minimize our impact.
The cameras are placed along our pipeline routes, winter access roads and seismic lines to photograph wildlife wandering through these areas. Between 2010 and the end of 2015, we had 163 cameras snapping photos along pipelines and other remote locations. During that time, the cameras were operating for a combined total of 178,866 days, which is the equivalent of capturing 490 years’ worth of data. Twenty-eight distinct animal species have been detected by the cameras including bears, deer, caribou, wolverines, lynx, wolves and coyotes.
“We’ve collected an incredible photo record of the animals around our operations, showing us a diverse number of animals,” says Jesse Wong, Senior Environmental Advisor. “We’re now doing more analysis to see how these photos can further improve our understanding around wildlife and what other possible steps we can take to improve our environmental performance.”
The number of cameras photographing wildlife activity and habitat has increased significantly over the last five years in our operating areas, giving us a larger data set from which to draw information and contributing to more informed decisions.