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Lichens

An Ode to Creatures Small and Crusty

Lichens are under no obligation to make sense to us. They number perhaps a million species globally, and while they occur absolutely everywhere – trees, rocks, dirt, dunes, ditches, swamps, ship hulls, manhole covers, brick walls and barn doors – they remain one of the most mysterious and perplexing branches […]

Weeping Willow

The Fighting Willows

All I ever wanted was a place to plant trees. Since adolescence, the romanticism of shoving seedlings into the ground, then enjoying their shade 30 years later, always appealed to me. The first time I ever indulged this impulse was in the early 2000s, my brother and I paddling the […]

They Call It Worm. They Call It Lame. That’s Not Its Name.

They Call It Worm. They Call It Lame. That’s Not Its Name.

“Move over murder hornets. A new insect has people bugging out,” begins a segment for evening news viewers across the country. The story continues, but most can’t help but pause and question what just came out of their television speakers. Murder hornets? Murder hornet has become the popularized name for […]

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 […]

Journeying Farther

I’m an undergraduate student rapidly nearing the end of my degree, which is a terrifying and exhilarating realization. In just a few months, I’ll have to start applying to grad schools if I decide that’s the right path for me… but how do I make that decision? How do I […]

Joining Hands: The Decade of Action on the SDGs

The year 2020 was a year that will go down in the annals for its significance on many fronts. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted several key sectors, primarily health and education, and the economies of virtually all countries on the globe. The uncertainty related to the progress of […]

Fighting Fire with Fire

Recently, we came across Wallin Snowdon’s CBC article entitled “Fighting forest fires with fire: Pyrotechnics and flaming Ping-Pong balls” (June 22, 2020). What piqued our interest was that it discusses interesting techniques of fighting wildfires from a unique and counterintuitive prospective – fighting fire, with fire! This news article is […]

In Memory of David Schindler

On March 4th, 2021, Canada lost one of its most influential environmental scientists, David Schindler. Schindler was a champion of freshwater science, and a leading environmental advocate and conservationist. His research focused on freshwater ecosystems and water contaminants from industry development. Schindler achieved many accomplishments in his 50+ year career. […]

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ACHIEVING COMPLETE RURAL COMMUNITIES

Complete communities are a development of convenience for those living within them as they provide the necessities for daily needs. Complete communities encompass many options for housing, jobs, walkability, transport, retail, services and amenities while preserving natural features and significant areas of farmland. Historically, compact development was the norm before […]