Biodiversity

Touch the Earth

When I think of Earth Day, the first thing I think of is spring. My mind fills with images of bumblebees and butterflies gliding around spring flowers and of groups of people gathering in their local park to plant trees or collect litter. I think of soil and worms and […]

The Nature Force

When thinking about the future, unfortunately, it is impossible to think of one that does not involve climate change. As a result, climate change mitigation and adaptation measures need to be quickly implemented into society to create climate-resilient communities. This is where the newly formed ‘The Nature Force’ is hoping […]

The Very Last of the Atlantic Caribou

I found her on my third day, a speck of honey and cream lost in the shimmering savannas atop Mont Albert, Quebec. Through my camera lens I saw a robust and healthy coat, a head without antlers but with the unmistakable contours of the Woodland caribou, her face calm and […]

Consorting with Nature

In 1925, at the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in London, esteemed judge AW Smith of the Lizard Canary Association, was introduced to the newest sensation in the canary world. Mrs. Rogerson of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire had been attempting to create a miniature crested canary and determinedly pursued her goal. At […]

In My Life

In my second year of university, I lived with my best friend’s family. They have a collection of bird feeders in their backyard, visible from the kitchen window, and some days, when I would wash dishes at the sink, I would watch the birds come and go. The goldfinches, sparrows, […]

Camp Last Hope

It would be difficult to recount all the broken promises which led us here. Two independent forestry reviews, adopted in spirit then ignored in reality; a public push for the purchase of corporate woodlands so they might be protected by government, only to have them opened for logging on new […]

Rewilding the Mind

It was a mild day in the fall of 2017 when I, true to form, attended a conference on Maritime biodiversity in Caledonia, Nova Scotia. In various working groups we sat and listened as experts listed and described the various species of animal native to our region, notetaking optional. A […]

Fighting for the Shade

Do you remember the American chestnut? If I plopped you in front of one without a field guide or search engine, would you recognize it? If I dumped a bag of native nuts on the table in front of you, could you identify the one which previously fed eastern North […]