Something's Fishy: A feast for fish

Illustration by Frits Ahledfedt

My favourite holiday memory is learning to make mashed potatoes in my grandma’s kitchen, her hand gently clasping mine as I firmly squished down into a large yellow bowl using an old wooden-handled masher. I recall the way she recited the...

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Celebrating Canadian species: Wolf

Gray wolf (Photo by Mike Dembeck)

The timber wolf, also known as the gray wolf, is common in northwestern Ontario, where I have worked and lived for nearly 40 years. Common, but not always safe.I have a soft spot for predators such as wolves. In part because they are beautiful...

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Bees and wasps a buzzin'

Bees have a good reason to be wary of crab spiders. (Photo by Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson)

Bees have a good reason to be wary of crab spiders. (Photo by Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson)

Through social media, I learned about the humble bumblebee’s need for drinking water. A need, no doubt, that has arisen as a result of prolonged droughts, loss of wetland habitats and loss of biodiversity. I was asked to incorporate a bee...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

E. gryffindori (Photo courtesy of Sumukha J.N)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that...

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A plea for conservation

Iceberg off of Maddox Cove, NL (Photo by Ronald Stone/Stone Island Photography)

Maddox Cove, NL (Photo by Ronald Stone/Stone Island Photography)

Sir David Attenborough is a name that has become synonymous with conservation. Reuniting with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Natural History Unit, Attenborough and the BBC have come together once again to follow up their widely...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Seal swimming in Fundy Isles, NB (Photo by NCC)

Seal swimming in Fundy Isles, NB (Photo by NCC)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some of the conservation and nature stories from around the globe that caught...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Black-footed ferret (Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Mountain Prairie)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that...

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Celebrating Canadian species: Swift fox

Swift fox cub and its mum (Photo by Catriona Matheson, Cochrane Ecological Institute)

Cub and mum. (Photo by Catriona Matheson, Cochrane Ecological Institute)

My unsuccessful search for the elusive swift fox has spanned nearly a decade.It was 2008, the winter semester of my first year at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta, when I first learned about the history of swift fox in Canada. The smallest...

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The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Short-beaked echidna (Photo by Patrick Kavanagh/Wikimedia Commons)

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that...

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The void of indifference

American badger near its burrow (Photo by Gerald A. DeBoer/Shutterstock)

I often take forays out to wilderness areas for what I call it my sanity break. So it was one August afternoon, as I turned my vehicle down a gravel road, that I made an abrupt stop. There, about a quarter of a mile away, I spotted some creature...

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