3407 nautical miles – how do we get to New Zealand?

While we are still transiting from Fremantle to New Zealand, I got curious about navigation. How is the course planned? How do weather and ocean currents affect plotting a course? How has technology changed the way ships are navigated around the ocean? Thankfully, Second Mate Edmund Ancheta was kind enough to answer my questions again. His responses are paraphrased below. What are the different ways the ship’s track is planned and followed? The passage undertaken by...…

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How the Wolves Changed a River…

Three years ago I watched a short movie by Chris and Dawn Agnos about the reintroduction of the gray wolf (Canis lupus) to Yellowstone National Park. It was as amazing as it was revealing.1 When forty-one wolves from Canada and northwest Montana were reintroduced to the park in 1995—after wolves had been absent for seventy years—something incredible happened. The wolf helped provide balance, complexity and stability to an ecosystem that had been mismanaged and lacked…

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Job Opportunity: Communications Specialist, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Every day, thousands of people around Lake Ontario connect with their piece of the watershed. They swim and paddle and hike and explore popular and unknown places that are unique to this Great Lake. Sometimes, they find natural wonders. Other times, they find pollution and loss. Fuelled by love for the lake or a desire for environmental justice, people take action to protect the lake they love and need. Their actions shape life on the…

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Sound Bites: Hearing a Tyrannosaurus rex

If you are a fan of dinosaurs, probably know what sound accompanies this image.Watching Jurassic Park for the first time (and several times after that) introduced us to what Tyrannosaurus rex would be like, in their movements, behaviors, and sounds. This scene is never, ever going to get old. It was also perfect that my first viewing of Jurassic Park was at a drive-in during a rainstorm.Hollywood is no stranger to using odd things to…

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