Companion Animal Psychology News February 2021

Itchy dogs, cats and catnip, and pups eating peanut butter... This month's Companion Animal Psychology news.By Zazie Todd, PhDMy favourites this monthThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.Itchy dog or stressed dog? by Dr. Naomi Harvey, BARKS from the Guild Jan 2021. A free subscription is needed to read it.  From domination to cooperation. Allison Wells shares the story of how a rescue…

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Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I’ve created a series of video book talks to celebrate the work of my fellow nonfiction kidlit authors and – hopefully – to inspire readers like you to discover their work.  Today, we’re discussing Powwow: A Celebration…

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Right Turn: A sisterhood of scientists

“Science is for everyone – especially you. It doesn’t matter where you start in life, what your circumstances are, science needs you. Go forth, make magic happen, follow your dreams, and let science lead you there.” – Dr. Mayim Bialik “By all means, if you have passion and you have interest, pursue that interest. Don’t be dissuaded by any negative thoughts that someone might put in your way.” – Dr. Mojgan Hodaie “You have to…

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The START Study: Improving red blood cell use in Canadian hospitals

The START Study: Improving red blood cell use in Canadian hospitals Transfusion Blood Thursday, February 18, 2021 Amie T. Kron This post's author, Amie T. Kron, is the clinical research coordinator in transfusion medicine at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, Ont. The University of Toronto QUEST program is a research collaborative supported by Canadian Blood Services, At the University of Toronto, a focus of the QUEST research program is improving transfusion care by ensuring that blood…

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Third newborn for Southern Residents: Killer whale baby boom

Fresh news in the killer whale world, Surprise! (L-86) just gave birth! Since July 2020, three different Southern Resident Killer whales have given birth! J35, Tahlequah, who lost her baby about two years ago, gave birth on September 6th, 2020, to a baby boy, J57. Next, J41, Eclipse, was the second mom, giving birth to her offspring on September 25th. And now L-86, Surprise, gave birth to her baby. This fantastic news raises spirits, considering…

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World Whale Day- Online Event

Feb 21, 2021 – 2 pm PST Skaana podcast host, Mark Leiren-Young, shares stories about orca history, orca language and orca love from his award-winning book, the story of Moby Doll – The Killer Whale Who Changed the World. Join the pod as Mark streams stories from the coast of the Salish Sea – home of the amazing and endangered southern resident orcas – on Facebook live. To attend this online event, register on Eventbrite using this…

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Pease Porridge Hot, Pease Porridge Cold: Nursery Rhymes as a Window into Our Shared History with Dogs

Have dogs evolved to lurk in the kitchen? We can learn more about dog’s evolution, and our own evolution, through the words we pass from grandparent to grandchild as nursery rhymes. Photo: Anna Badi/ShutterstocBy Kristi Benson, CTC, Special Correspondent. I was splitting then tearing off the soft inner shell from some broad beans earlier today, and I found myself thinking of a nursery rhyme. Pease porridge hot! The broad beans emerged from their light and leathery skins…

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Polar Vortex or Not?

This week Texas has seen rolling power outages, some for as long as 10 hours, as unseasonably cold weather blankets the state and demand for power for heating surges. Here on the West Coast, we’ve had below zero temperatures and over 45 cm of snow, while the cold weather has hammered the Prairie provinces with temperatures in the -40⁰C range. A strong cold front has dropped down the centre of North America, reaching as far…

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Polar Vortex or Not?

This week Texas has seen rolling power outages, some for as long as 10 hours, as unseasonably cold weather blankets the state and demand for power for heating surges. Here on the West Coast, we’ve had below zero temperatures and over 45 cm of snow, while the cold weather has hammered the Prairie provinces with temperatures in the -40⁰C range. A strong cold front has dropped down the centre of North America, reaching as far…

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Black in Entomology Week: February 22-26 2021

Mark your calendars for Black in Entomology Week, happening virtually from Feb. 22-26. This is an event dedicated to celebrating and supporting Black entomologists, organized by Maydianne Andrade, Swanne Gordon, Vik Iyengar, Shakara Maggitt, Michelle Samuel-Foo, Jessica Ware, and Natasha Young. The goals of #BlackInEnto week include fostering community among Black entomologists, including students and enthusiasts, for Black entomologists to inspire others and share their passion for insects (and other terrestrial arthropods), and to create…

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