Snakes at the Seaside and Birds in the Bush

By Claire Eamer"Snake!" yelled 8-year-old Carys, and dove for the grassy bank beside the trail. She emerged clutching a deeply puzzled garter snake at least 60 centimetres long, with elegant checkerboard markings on its sides and a jagged yellow stripe running the length of its back.Western garter snake, found at Pipers Lagoon Park, Nanaimo.The rest of the group -- more than two dozen kids and adults, with an age range from 8 to 80-ish --…

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IUCN developing four-year global conservation plan

The Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL) and the Canadian Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (CCIUCN) organized a webinar on July 4th, 2019 to present the 2021-2024 IUCN Draft Programme entitled, “One Nature, One Future”. The IUCN Programme is a framework for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating conservation work undertaken by all components of IUCN, commissions and secretariat (on behalf of IUCN members). The Programme is developed through a nine-month…

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Beneath the surface: aquatic toxicology tests help identify pollutants in waterbodies

It’s important for the health of our ecosystems that industry and municipalities monitor and measure the impact their activities have on aquatic environments. Extensive research in the field of aquatic toxicology has helped pave the way for standardized testing to ensure industry and municipalities are operating safely and responsibly.

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Cord blood for research – what you need to know

Cord blood for research – what you need to know Stem Cells Tuesday, July 09, 2019 Obinna Okwelume July is Cord Blood Awareness Month. Stay tuned for more posts about cord blood and how it helps patients, both through treatment and through research.  To meet a recognized need for a centralized program providing ethnically sourced cord blood for research projects in Canada, Canadian Blood Services, in partnership with The Ottawa Hospital, launched the Cord Blood for Research…

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