A new threat to honey bees comes to Canada’s west coast

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Emily Olson, Communications, Education & Outreach editor Our story begins one late summer morning in 2019, in an apiary in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Along the avenue of trees sits a group of honey bee hives – white boxes stacked one upon another and filled with honey, pollen, and European honey bees. As the sun warms […]

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Tracing the roots of invasive species

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Wendy Ho, Nature Conservancy of Canada, guest contributor In the media world of conservation, there seems to be no shortage of news on invasive species — plants, animals and organisms that were introduced (accidentally or deliberately) to an area outside of their native range and where their natural predator is absent, and cause harm (environementally, […]

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Weeding out invasive plant species once and floral


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Jenna Finley, Biology & Life Science co-editor  Invasive plants have been a source of frustration to Canadians for decades. These species pose a threat to our environment by “choking out” native plants and decreasing biodiversity, and are a threat to our economy. The federal government estimates that invasive species cost us about $30 billion annually (research, monitoring, management, […]

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Something’s fishy: A whirlwind of a problem

by Raechel Bonomo, guest contributor As I spend most of my free time outdoors, I’ve been fortunate enough to see many great examples of Canadian nature. I have watched a family of deer feeding by a stream in Alberta, seen tracks of several elusive mammal species, such as porcupine and white-tailed deer, hiding in the […]

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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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