Is your data digital or just pseudodigital?

A rite of passage for a geologist is the making of an original geological map, starting from scratch. In the UK, this is known as the ‘independent mapping project’ and is usually done at the end of the second year of an undergrad degree. I did mine on the eastern shore of the Embalse de Santa Ana, just north of Alfarras in Catalunya, Spain. (I wrote all about it back in 2012.)The map I drew…

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Owls, Part 2: Giant Fossil Owls and Stolas

It’s time for the next installment of my OWLS! series of blog posts! This one is going to be a little bit different from my other posts…although, if you’ve read any of my Bigfoot or ghost posts you may not be surprised at the theme of this post. My research takes me down a few interesting rabbit holes. One of these holes introduced me to J. A. S. Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal when I searched…

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Norma Kassi highlights the value of community-based research in Northern Canada

Canadian Mountain Network Co-Research Director Norma Kassi is helping indigenous communities ensure they are actively involved in scientific research in Canada’s North. In her recent interview in Up Here Magazine, she states, “Now our approach is: nothing about us will be without us.” Norma was raised in Old Crow, the northernmost community in Yukon. As a member of the Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation and the Wolf Clan, local traditional knowledge was passed down to her from a…

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This Week in Whales: July 8 – July 14, 2019

By James Christensen – Staff Writer Welcome to This Week in Whales for July 8 – July 14 2019! Welcome back to This Week in Whales!  This past week we’ve seen a lot happenings with whales around the world and near our home base of Victoria, BC.  We’ve seen the birth of a new baby orca calf,  two other Southern Resident orcas are  “missing,” and more whales have wash up dead on the Alaskan shores, once again…

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Don’t trust an anthropomorphic raccoon

Have you heard the term anthropomorphism? It refers to ascribing human-like traits to non-human entities. Most biologists discourage the application of anthropomorphism, like your cat is plotting to kill you when you won’t let it outside, or that the racoon you’re feeding thinks of you as a friend. Chances are your cat isn’t actually plotting... Continue Reading →

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Ignition Point: The Underappreciated Influence of Indigenous Burns

Throughout April and May this year, Alberta was still receiving plenty of snow. With no end in sight, there was an element of grim humour to the announcement that wildfire season had begun. The onset of the Chuckegg Creek fire near High Level, covering approximately 230,000 hectares as of May 31st, leaves us with no doubt that we are now firmly into wildfire season.In both the present and the past, it is clear that humans…

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