Dinosaurs in the Frost

Dinosaur paleontology is full of apparent contradictions. One of the biggest of these is not only the very presence, but abundance, of these reptiles in and around Polar Regions. For animals long thought to have had metabolisms and bodies ill-suited for bearing the cold of prehistoric winters, the fact that a wide variety of dinosaur types are present in high latitudes has been making paleontologists question what they know about dinosaur biology and the Mesozoic…

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Kids donate their birthday money to the Nature Conservancy of Canada

On April 27, my two sons, Finn and Bodhi, had a "toonie party" to celebrate their joint birthday. In lieu of gifts, my husband and I asked their friends and other family members to bring each of them a toonie to save or spend on something special and another toonie for the boys to donate to a charity of their choice: the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).

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TRANSFORM happened!

How do you describe the indescribable?Last week, Agile hosted the TRANSFORM unconference in Normandy, France. We were there to talk about the open suburface stack — the collection of open-source Python tools for earth scientists. We also spent time on the state of the Software Underground, a global community of practice for digital subsurface scientists and engineers. In effect, this was the first annual Software Underground conference. This was SwungCon 1.The spaceI knew the Château…

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Le rendez-vous annuel des nerds des chauves-souris

par Virginie Lemieux-LabontéLe prix excellence CSBQ m’a permis de participer à la 47ième édition du symposium de la North America Society for Bat Research (NASBR), rassemblant la communauté de spécialiste des chauves-souris d’Amérique du Nord à Knoxville au Tennessee (États-Unis). C’est devant ce public avisé que j’ai présenté par affiche une étude sur la communauté de microorganismes de la peau de la grande chauves-souris brune (Eptesicus fuscus) exposée au syndrome du museau blanc (SMB). Cette maladie…

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The Origins of a Naturalist

This week Dispatches from the Field is happy to welcome Megan Quinn, the Coordinator of Conservation Biology for Eastern Ontario with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to share how she ended up working for the environment. Most people working in conservation have a story about how they got into the field. In my case, environmental work wasn’t my first, second, or even fifth career choice, but it did turn out to be my favourite. Although…

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Success under pressure: Helping landowners succeed with stewardship in southwestern Ontario

The Carolinian ecoregion of Canada makes up one per cent of the country’s total land mass and is limited to southwestern Ontario. The Ontario Forest Birds at Risk Program (OFBAR) at Bird Studies Canada works to ensure that the birds most at risk in this area recover before they are lost forever.

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