The Mystery of Snow Worms

Last week during the cold spell we had two feet of snow in the yard. I went out with the dogs on Sunday morning and saw lots of worms on top of the snow – very thin, tan/mustard-coloured, and mostly coiled up. They were everywhere in our big yard – mainly on the paths we’d walked through the snow, but also on the undisturbed snow surface. I’d heard of ice worms, which live on glaciers,…

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iNatting Sheba Ridge in the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park, BC

Insane views, campfires in the rain, just missing a puma with cubs, beautiful native flora, and some very sore feet were all components of this four day trip in the South Chilcotin Mountain Provincial Park.   Acknowledging this trip took on the traditional lands of Tsilhqot’in, St’at’imc, and Secwepemc Nations. For the American July 4th 2020 holiday we spent it in the Canadian wilderness. No better activity, in my opinion. This was my first backpacking trip…

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The Keystone XL Pipeline: The Two Sides

As an environmental advocate, I generally side with the greener options as I believe that they are an investment for our future. However, we must not forget that environmental justice and social justice go hand to hand. Not every pro-environmental decision is an advantage to society and the economy. The controversy following President Joe Biden's decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline was related to its social and economic effects. Many were happy for his…

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CMN Co-Research Director Norma Kassi Awarded Arctic Inspiration Prize

Norma Kassi, CMN Co-Research Director and Recipient of the 2020 Arctic Inspiration Prize Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) Co-Research Director, Norma Kassi, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) for her project in Northern Canada, which will train Indigenous youth in Indigenous-led conservation and stewardship. The AIP is the largest annual prize in Canada and provides seed-funding to initiatives by Northerners for Northerners. The prize recognizes Northern innovation and excellence and encourages teamwork…

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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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Snow days: of torn jackets and battered pride

Ah gravity. What would we do without it? Fly through the sky, right? Also we’d go sailing into space and our inevitable deaths. Of course there are other things that would happen if the law of gravity no longer applied to our universe, and each would result in our rather immediate demise. But I digress…... Continue Reading →

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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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