Look for these first signs of spring across Canada

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by Wendy Ho, Nature Conservancy of Canada, guest author With the springing forward of our clocks and increased daylight, many Canadians are getting antsy for the arrival of spring, perhaps especially for our friends in the Atlantic provinces (darn you, Nor’easter!). What can be more delightful than noticing the little signs that signal the arrival […]

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How species survive the winter: Skin breathing and antifreeze

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by Sarah Ludlow Previous blog posts have discussed how small songbirds and big brown bats survive the winter. Those blogs briefly covered some strategies used by birds and mammals. But what about amphibians? How do frogs survive the many months of sub-zero temperatures? Amphibians are ectotherms (or cold-blooded, meaning that their body temperature is regulated […]

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Manitoba’s amazing ash forests, invasive emerald ash borer, and how you can help

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by Cary Hamel, Julie Pelc, Andrew Holland, and Dan Kraus, Nature Conservancy of Canada Buy local. Burn local. Don’t move firewood. This is not just another green slogan put out by conservationists in the new year. Allow us to explain… Many people have heard about how non-native invasive species, including insects and plants, are one […]

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On first looking into the Large Hadron Collider

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by Jamieson Findlay, guest contributor The European home for big-horizon science is, fittingly, surrounded by an impressive mountainscape. To the north is the Swiss range of the Jura Mountains; to the south, the French Alps. On a clear day, you can see the radiant face of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak, beckoning to tourists and […]

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From chaotic to biotic

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By Jamie Miller, guest contributor from the Nature Conservancy of Canada There’s a new breed of problem emerging, and these problems are making a lot of people uncomfortable. Aptly named “wicked problems” because of their complex and high uncertainty, they’re defined by having multiple contradicting values, high uncertainty, high stakes and require urgent decision-making. They’re […]

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