Nature

Chewing up the Scenery

Chewing up the Scenery

Popular Plants Can Poison Your Pets: Baneberry, Deadly nightshade, Lambkill… As their folk names suggest, many seemingly innocent plants are a real hazard if eaten. It’s normal for cats and dogs to chew on long grass and other greenery. To ensure that poisonous plants aren’t on the menu, all gardeners with pets (not to mention young children or visiting grandkids) should poison-proof their gardens.

Love birds? There’s an app for that

Love birds? There’s an app for that

As Canadians, one in five of us are considered birdwatchers. My husband and I are full-time RVers, and this lifestyle has made it very exciting to observe birds all over North America. We have envied birding sites in such places as the Carolinian forests of Point...

Bird’s the word

Bird’s the word

Over the past few years, I have learned so much about backyard birding from my friends at Bird Studies Canada (BSC). I have met people like Jody Allair, a resident BSC biologist and science educator, who has forgotten more than I will ever learn about wild birds. And...

Remembering Martha – the Last Passenger Pigeon

Remembering Martha – the Last Passenger Pigeon

Martha died at the ripe old age of 29, the last in a very long string of Passenger Pigeons. She was the namesake of Martha Washington – President George Washington’s wife – who herself had suffered an earlier extinction incident in the spring of 1802.

What’s Killing Our Country Bees?

What’s Killing Our Country Bees?

Though not native to North America, the diminutive honeybee has become an important aspect of this continent’s agriculture and biodiversity. And now this species is facing some serious threats. Apis mellifera is also known as the western honeybee and European...

ISON: The Exasperating Comet

ISON: The Exasperating Comet

We asked Robert Dick, our Astronomy Editor, for his take on Comet ISON, the bright light in the sky which seems to be exasperating night-sky watchers and failing to become “The Christmas Comet” / “Comet of the Century” that it was supposed to be.

Boreal Forest Facts

Boreal Forest Facts

Spreading over continents and covering many countries including Canada, the Boreal forest plays a significant role in the planet’s biodiversity and its climate.

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