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ENVIRONMENT | Tracking Spring Migration in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

ENVIRONMENT | Tracking Spring Migration in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

By Phil Ranson – May 14 is International Migratory Bird Day, which I confess holds about as much significance for me as Red Tape Reduction Day, which, incidentally, was on March 2 and I missed it. Not that I don’t have a keen interest in migratory birds. In fact, much of my spring is devoted […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Maintaining Diversity Below the Species Level: Key to long-term survival of BC’s freshwater fish

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Maintaining Diversity Below the Species Level: Key to long-term survival of BC’s freshwater fish

By Mike Stamford — In his book, Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia, Don McPhail elegantly describes how glaciation events have influenced the diversity and distribution of our freshwater fishes. Upwards of 20 glaciations are thought to have occurred during the two and half million years of the Pleistocene, each separated by a warm interglacial period, similar […]

ECOLOGY | The Care and Feeding of Soil

ECOLOGY | The Care and Feeding of Soil

By Bill Chapman, PhD Research Soil Scientist  —   In this life there are two kinds of creatures—those which digest their food inside their gut (most of the big animals) and those which digest their food on the outside (most of the rest of life on earth). Outside of the oceans, most of the external […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Bees in Trouble

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Bees in Trouble

By Heather Clay — Bees are dying. Why are they in trouble and what can you do to help? One third of every bite we eat depends on the pollinating activity of many species of insects. We would have a very bland diet if it was not for the most prolific pollinator, the honey bee, […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | David Suzuki | Milkweed is a  Monarch’s Best Defence

SCIENCE MATTERS | David Suzuki | Milkweed is a Monarch’s Best Defence

By David Suzuki —  The monarch butterfly is a wonderful creature with an amazing story. In late summer, monarchs in southern Canada and the US northeast take flight, travelling over 5,000 kilometres to alpine forests in central Mexico. The overwintering butterflies cling to fir trees there in masses so dense that branches bow under their […]

Letter from the Publisher | Plant Speak

Letter from the Publisher | Plant Speak

By Lisa Bland — Dear Readers, Spring is finally here! As the light and warmth increase with longer days, it feels natural to jump into action with the buzz of new growth and bursts of reviving energy all around us. Our long winter sleep is finally over, and everywhere life is busy emerging, growing, reproducing, […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Endangered Animals: Our choices make a difference

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Endangered Animals: Our choices make a difference

By Jessica Kirby — According to a report authored by Rodolfo Dirzo, Hillary S. Young, et al, called “Defaunation in the Anthropocene,” the world is right in the middle of its sixth extinction. We owe the last and most famous extinction to the asteroid that took out the dinosaurs, but we have no naturally disastrous […]

STEWARDSHIP | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Pull of a River

STEWARDSHIP | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Pull of a River

By Jacquie Lanthier —  Rivers have a way of calling us back to ourselves. The river cradles us, and in the carrying shows us who we are. We have come from all across the Fraser Basin, travelling from the outskirts of the city, meeting for the very first time on the overnight Greyhound bus. We […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Don’t Give Away Our Forest Lands!

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Don’t Give Away Our Forest Lands!

By Van Andruss — This year the BC government carried out an online public inquiry called an “Area Based Forest Tenure Consultation,” which ended May 30, 2014. Advertised as a response to a dwindling timber supply and particularly to the devastating beetle kill of the past decade, the Consultation invited comment on a proposal regarding […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | SCIENCE MATTERS | It’s Time to Save the Bees and Ban Neonic Pesticides

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | SCIENCE MATTERS | It’s Time to Save the Bees and Ban Neonic Pesticides

By David Suzuki — Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | WILD HARVESTING | Inviting Wild Mushrooms into your Kitchen

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | WILD HARVESTING | Inviting Wild Mushrooms into your Kitchen

By Bill Chapman — As the snow of another stubborn winter finally recedes, one cry that won’t be heard across the Cariboo is, “Time to watch for the snowbank mushrooms,” or “Hark, morel mushroom season fast approaches; find the baskets!” Sadly these are not common thoughts in spring in the Cariboo and more is the pity […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | National Wildlife Week: Seeking the Soul in Nature

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | National Wildlife Week: Seeking the Soul in Nature

By Ciel Patenaude —  What is often seen as the “childlike” tendency to attribute human qualities to animals and the rest of the nonhuman world has long been criticized as undeveloped thinking by many so-called sophisticated realists and philosophers. Viewed as a process of immature “psychological projection”—the process through which a person unconsciously rejects his […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Marsh Book

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Marsh Book

By Ray Grigg — A unique kind of book is being written at Edgewood Blue in British Columbia’s Upper Clearwater Valley. Instead of using words, paragraphs, and pages, Trevor Goward has been using water, soil, and plants. His ideas are not expressed with phrases, sentences, or punctuation but in channels, islands, and stones. Goward’s “book” […]

LOCAL FOODS | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Life with Honey Bees: We’re in this Together

LOCAL FOODS | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Life with Honey Bees: We’re in this Together

By Diane Dunaway — The relationship between humans and honey bees goes back a long way. Cave art from an estimated 8,000 years ago shows a honey-gatherer risking life and limb in pursuit of a sweet reward. Bees and flowers go back even further in their connection. They’ve co-evolved for over 10 million years. The […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | An Interview with Herb Hammond on Changes in Forest Policy

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | An Interview with Herb Hammond on Changes in Forest Policy

By Van Andruss — Over the years it has been my privilege to know Herb Hammond. Herb has devoted his career to promoting ecosystem-based forestry. In 1992, he and Susan Hammond created the Silva Forest Foundation. Since then the Foundation has worked to create ecosystem-based conservation plans and ecosystem maps with many communities throughout Canada. […]

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | SHARK ATTACK !?!

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | SHARK ATTACK !?!

By Chuck Handy — I don’t know about you, but I grew up with a fear of sharks. In my mind they were all voracious eaters of human beings. There is just something about the way I was brought up that made it all true in my mind. So the first time I went on […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Wild Forests

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Wild Forests

By Ray Grigg — Real forests are wild. The forests of human contrivance are tree farms, plantations, monocultures, timber supply areas. Such clusters of trees may superficially appear to be real forests, but they are less complex, less organic, less living, and therefore, less enduring. And they were handicapped by their beginnings. Instead of originating […]

STEWARDSHIP | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Mighty Fraser: A River to Experience

STEWARDSHIP | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Mighty Fraser: A River to Experience

By Lisa Bland — The Fraser River, designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1998, is the largest river in BC and has the most productive salmon fishery in the world. Its headwaters begin at Mount Robson in the Rocky Mountains and it empties some 1400 km later into the Strait of Georgia in Vancouver. BC’s […]