Sea Otters – August 2021

This month we crack into the life of sea otters as our “Whale of the Month.” Though they have a charming disposition, looks are deceiving for these feisty creatures! Sea Otter and her pup in Monterey Bay, California; photo credits Suzi Eszterhas/Minden Pictures Sea Otter vs River Otters Before we get started, what is the difference between sea otters and river otters? Well, let’s start with size: sea otters are MUCH larger than river otters.…

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Sea Otters – August 2021

This month we crack into the life of sea otters as our “Whale of the Month.” Though they have a charming disposition, looks are deceiving for these feisty creatures! Sea Otter and her pup in Monterey Bay, California; photo credits Suzi Eszterhas/Minden Pictures Sea Otter vs River Otters Before we get started, what is the difference between sea otters and river otters? Well, let’s start with size: sea otters are MUCH larger than river otters.…

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FEATURES – Ecological Comics by Loy Xingwen

We all know about the birds and the bees…and how they pollinate flowers! But what about flies? What about the tricks they all play? There’s a ton of research flying to the surface about various pollinators and their relationships with plants, and Loy Xingwen is spreading the word through comics. “Science seeks to provide us with the information we need to make good decisions. But you can’t ‘inform’ people into action,” says Loy. “To make…

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Dear Students Of Fall 2021

As the fall semester quickly approaches, I thought it might be helpful to once again post an open letter to students who have registered or are registering for classes. In particular, I hope this helps to answer some of the questions or concerns they might have (at least when it comes to the courses IContinue reading "Dear Students Of Fall 2021"

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Frost above zero

Photo: Pixabay In Southern Ontario, May 24th is the traditional day for planting annuals. That’s because the probability of frost after that date is negligible. Not this year. A few days after the 24th, Environment Canada warned us of the possibility of frost overnight, and they were correct. We had quite a lot of frost damage. The strange thing was that the overnight temperature was predicted to be above zero by a degree or two. I…

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