One of the key activities in the Arctic Grayling conservation program this year is the collection of eDNA from over 30 sites in the Upper Pembina. eDNA is environmental DNA. We can filter a water sample and detect the presence (and quantity) of DNA that comes from Arctic Grayling. Combining this data point with other evidence can help identify locations that have grayling, but haven’t been detected by other means. It can also help confirm that some of the streams no longer have Arctic Grayling.
This week project members from Northern Lights chapter and AEP staff got a training session on how to properly collect and preserve eDNA for testing at the university.
The eDNA work is part of the Arctic Grayling conservation project that is financially supported by the Alberta Conservation Association.