We Will Always Have Wasps: Coping with biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene

Coping with biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene By Marian MacNair Original post : https://marianmacblog.com/2020/08/15/we-will-always-have-wasps-coping-with-biodiversity-loss-in-the-anthropocene/ The purple martin swallows returned again this year. One of the last populations left in Quebec nests nearby. They occupy only a fraction of the nest boxes they once did, but they cling on. Purple martin: JJ Cadiz, Cajay / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) They arrived right on time this year, but the bugs didn’t. It was cold, and the skies were…

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Scientists Without Borders

COVID-19 highlights the need for deeper international collaboration from wildlife conservation to virology. By Charles C.Y. Xu ’14 Original post : https://magazine.nd.edu/stories/scientists-without-borders/ I was six in 1999, when I moved from Wuhan, Hubei, China to Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA — from the center of the Middle Kingdom to the heartland of America. Having grown up eating cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets with my Happy Meals in China, I distinctly remember my shock to find there were…

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Coral Research Panama

Original video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKxB-2gMEEA&ab_channel=NomadBiologist Check out our coral research off Coibita Island, Panama. The research was completed during a course with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and was inspired by Sir David Attenborough. The footage was captured by Dr. David Kline and the video was created by MK Hickox and Julia Briand. The research project represents the collaborative efforts of Julia Briand, Sarah Chamberland, Alexis Heckley, MK Hickox, and Charlotte Steeves.

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The Search for the Elusive Mottled Duskywing

By Marian MacNair Original post : The Search for the Elusive Mottled Duskywing Tales from a butterflying summer “You count butterflies? They pay you? How do you get that job?” This was a common refrain whenever I explained what I did for a living. And they are right: standing on a rise on a sunny day, overlooking a tangle of greenery with jewelled wings flitting in every direction, I could not believe that someone was paying…

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Les nuits sous les dômes tournesol

Par Madeleine-Zoé Corbeil-RobitailleTexte et autres travaux disponibles : www.mzcr.weebly.com Île Bylot, été 2019 J’ai pris place dans l’avion un dimanche matin du mois de juin,Aux côtés d’une alouette qui s’auto-proclamait Capitaine Bobette.Avec justesse et précision, elle m’enseignera l’art de l’observation,Du repérage, de la flottaison. Forêt boréale, taïga, toundra. Ça défile en se couvrant de neige.Baffin. Pond Inlet, sur les ailes d’un faucon.Forecast: 0°C celsius. On échange la chaleur et les lueurs, c’est là une transaction…

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La communauté de l’antenne

Par Solange Barrault 10 juin 2019 – Extrait du journal de bord de Solène En cette sombre soirée, nous partons combattre la nuit et le froid, comme à notre habitude ces derniers temps. Notre escouade compte 4 personnes, dont ma fidèle acolyte Camilla. Nous ne connaissons que depuis peu Ève-Marie et Sophie-Anne, mais elles ont l’air de confiance (note de l’auteure : les noms ont été modifiés pour préserver leur anonymat, merci de votre compréhension).…

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Dans la peau d’un tamia

Par Christel Bouchetard-Aubus Quelle belle journée de printemps ! Parfaite pour une balade en forêt !Je fouille entre les feuilles en décomposition. Libérées de la neige, elles cachent encore beaucoup de graines de l’automne dernier. Je prends mon temps. Le soleil est à peine levé et le bois est silencieux. Aucun danger à l’horizon. Pour autant, je reste vigilant : c’est la première règle que m’a enseignée ma mère. Elle disait sans cesse que les…

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It has taken some convincing, but I belong here

By Anna L. Crofts This autumn, while conducting field-work at Parc national du Mont Saint Bruno, I was struck by the evolution in my feelings that not the park evoked per say, but the northern temperate forest evoked. It was a sunny day and as I waited for the GPS accuracy to resolve, I felt a sense of calmness and confidence that I associate with things of familiarity. I knew the identity of the trees…

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Joining forces: A multidisciplinary approach to biocultural conservation.

By Steven Schnoor and Felipe Pérez-Jvostov We’ve all seen images of rampant deforestation across some of the largest forests around the world. To us, these grim images are merely a distant reality that we see on the news and share on social media. To many indigenous peoples, however, these images define their daily battle in preserving their traditional territories and lifestyles. Nonetheless, not all stories make it to the news.  During our fieldwork in Panama…

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