Call of the Wetland

Nicole Kahal, guest contributor Have you ever heard frogs or toads calling in an urban environment? Or spotted a secretive salamander as it makes it way to an urban pond? If you live in Calgary, Alberta, the Miistakis Institute is interested in your observations. With Miistakis’ partners, we’ve designed a citizen science program called Call […]

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Did Vancouver Island travel north from Mexico 100 million years ago?

by Miranda Walters, New Science Communicator Imagine what life was like in Canada 100 years ago: World War I was being fought by Canadian soldiers in Europe, inventions like the telephone were becoming more common household items, and the television was in the process of being invented. Now, imagine what life was like in Canada […]

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It’s complicated, honey: Bees vs… bees

Kevin Van Tighem, Nature Conservancy of Canada Spring draws nigh: the season of the birds and the bees. Birdsong is a welcome gift, but where would we be without bees? Their obsessive quest for pollen and nectar keeps much of Alberta’s native flora alive. There would be fewer willows, flowers and garden crops without pollinator insects […]

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Move to Mars? Just because we can doesn’t mean we should…

Tanya Samman and Alina Fisher, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors Mars… it’s hot right now. But then, so is Earth—and it’s getting hotter thanks to human-induced climate change. Life on Earth is going to change drastically in the near future: melting ice sheets will cause sea level to rise, submerging coastal cities; food supplies will […]

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Changements climatiques, feux et leurs implications pour certaines espèces

Par Tanya Samman et Alina Fisher, co-éditrices Environnement Sciences de la terre Le rôle du feu dans les écosystèmes forestiers Les feux de forêt sont puissants et dévastateurs. Mais ils sont également nécessaires pour le renouvèlement de certains écosystèmes. Plusieurs plantes sont très bien adaptées au feu; certaines espèces d’arbres possèdent une écorce dense ou […]

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