Wildlife

Carbon and Conservation

Any other year I would have watched the election live, with an interactive webpage open on my laptop and CBC commentary interjecting from my television. Instead, I passed September 20th in the depths of Killarney Provincial Park, a day’s hard paddle from the nearest wi-fi network, with curtains of rain […]

1,000 Flyers

1,000 Flyers installation at Lady Eaton College, Trent University, 2020. Credit: Alyssa Diatel The space where art and environmentalism collide is a space where hearts become inspired. In the art project titled 1,000 Flyers, anyone can participate and add a contribution to the art piece, giving an opportunity for others […]

Open to Rediscover the Magic in our World?

Imagine… you are walking through a forest that is lush, green, and enchanting. The trees seem to creak and talk to one another in the breeze. A small group of dragonflies flit about in circles around you before zipping away. The sunlight stretches its arms through the cracks in the […]

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 […]

Wolf Culls: Public Trust or Failed Policy?

Wolves are elusive animals. Occupying public imagination as well as vast terrain, their story has been writ large for centuries through song, ceremony, children’s literature, visual arts, and public policy. But ‘the story’ of wolves is far from singular or straightforward. Their lives continue to unfold in complex ways throughout […]

A Being in Nature: How the Mourning Dove’s Call of Inspiration Quieted My Busy Mind

The Power of Taking a Walk Around the Block Over the past week or so, my world has been very high-energy, productive, and busy, busy, busy! I have been maximizing my time at A\J by writing, thinking, creating, editing, and giving as much of myself to my work as I […]

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 […]

Are We Failing to See the Forest for the Trees?

A tree is probably the most iconic image of environmentalism. Or better yet, a person planting a tree. We are called tree-huggers by some people, after all. It has long been known that trees are key organisms in our ecosystems – they sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) and release oxygen, they […]