Long live loons and their research

Robert Alvo, guest contributor, Nature Conservancy of Canada In the 1970s, North Americans were already concerned about the effects of human activity on the common loon, a large charismatic diving bird that breeds on lakes. My bachelor’s thesis at Queen’s University examined this concern on 10 lakes in Ontario in 1980. On busy lakes, boats […]

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Raising Awareness of Mathematical Modelling

Hannah Sutton, New Science Communicator These days, people think that most of our questions about the world can be answered with science. However, it’s not always possible to study something directly, which is where mathematical modelling comes in. For example, for quite a while scientists were baffled by the fact that the near side of […]

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In storage: The story of seven instruments no longer instrumental

Hayley Rose Reekie, New Science Communicator In a world of ever-evolving technology, scientific equipment constantly becomes outdated. Universities regularly exile old research equipment to storage rooms and then forgot about it. I recently set out on a mission to find some of these relics and to discover their stories. Here are the stories of seven forgotten […]

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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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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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