Where the bears are: An update on the Wuikinuxv grizzly bear project

Grizzly bear (Photo by Vince Heney)

Grizzly bear (Photo by Vince Heney)

In the spring of 2013, I approached the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) about a project in Wuikinuxv Territory, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where grizzly bears and humans have shared the same riverbanks for thousands of years,...

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Deep freeze frogs

Pulling the heavy sled (Photo by NCC)

Pulling the heavy sled (Photo by NCC)

It’s a chilly day in March when we meet with Dave Prescott, Alberta Fish and Wildlife species at risk biologist, amidst snow drifts and icicles at the Twin Butte General Store. Despite the weekend blizzard and challenging road conditions,...

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Where have all the monarchs gone?

A monarch butterfly perches on the endangered Hill's Thistle at Gore Bay Savanna (Photo by NCC)

A monarch butterfly perches on the endangered Hill's Thistle at Gore Bay Savanna (Photo by NCC)

When I was a young girl, seeing monarchs flit around was as common as hearing the songs of the meadowlarks and the chipping of ground squirrels. I was fortunate to grow up on the edge of suburban Winnipeg. A quick pedal on my bike and I was in...

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'Tis the season for de-listing: For conservationists, December is a time to review the status of Canada's endangered species

Sea otter, Vancouver Aquarium (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Stan Shebs)

Sleeping sea otter at the Vancouver Aquarium (Photo by Wikimedia Commons, Stan Shebs)

It’s December again. This time of year brings with it many diverse traditions. For some, it is also a time to be thoughtful. Perhaps it is thinking about loved ones, or reflecting on the year past. It's also the season of the list: naughty...

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What does the fox say? Well, that wasn't really the focus of this study

Gray fox on Pelee Island, ON (Photo by NCC)

Gray fox on Pelee Island, ON (Photo by NCC)

I find it quite bizarre how Canadians were overwhelmingly curious about what the fox says this year. As the video went viral over the last few months, I found myself joking with colleagues that any biologist worth their weight has been aware of...

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Even rarer than a panda: How the Minnesota Zoo and NCC are collaborating to save one of the world's most endangered butterflies

Poweshiek skipperling, MB (Photo by Erik Runquist, Minnesota Zoo)

Poweshiek skipperling, MB (Photo by Erik Runquist, Minnesota Zoo)

Listed as an endangered species in Manitoba in 2012 and nationally as threatened, the Poweshiek skipperling has decreased dramatically throughout North America. In Canada, It is known to only inhabit 17 fields in southeastern Manitoba, primarily...

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Of bugs and slugs: Pint-sized citizen scientist discovers a strange blue slug, far from home

Blue-grey taildropper (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)

Blue-grey taildropper (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)

My seven-year-old son Malcolm was excited about going on the Slug & Snail Walk at Chase Woods. He loves hiking, and I hadn’t the heart to tell him that there likely wouldn’t be a lot of actual hiking on this field trip. Slugs and...

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