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Can geese change when they lay their eggs?

It is later in March and it is currently snowing. Sure, we get late snowstorms, but there’s still several feet of snow, the river is still frozen, and the daily temperatures still sit below freezing regularly. This is definitely a late spring. But the Canada geese are back from their yearly migration, searching for food … Continue reading

To tell a story or not to tell a story

A story is a pretty powerful thing. I’ve had day campers come back to me a year later and repeat some of the stories I’ve told and I’ve watched adults debate the truth of a particular legend told on a canoe trip. The stories we tell ourselves can greatly influence how we respond to trauma … Continue reading

Allergies, climate change, and sinus rinses

I’m an allergy sufferer. I always have been but they seem to have been getting worse in the last number of years. I’m allergic to peanuts but that one is pretty manageable, even with its life threatening-ness. It’s the environmental allergies that are really getting to me. The hay fever for weeks or more in … Continue reading

A Dilemma: Get Outside or Reduce My Footprint?

When I did my PhD research, I worked with outdoor educators on how they connect to climate change in their local environment. One of the things that came out of it was the dilemma of getting outside to be active and connect with natural spaces versus the environmental (and arguably potential social and economic) costs. … Continue reading

The poor snowshoe hare

These two snowshoe hares were on my way into work this morning and it was pretty hard not to stop and take a photo of the difference in their coat colours. Admittedly, neither is especially camouflaged on the manicured greenway they were hanging out on, although the white one could be mistaken for a plastic … Continue reading

Because putting chemicals into the atmosphere always works out for the positive right?

Despite some recent articles by some major news outlets there is no plan to dim the sun in order to combat climate change. Thankfully that suggestion is still well out of reach of science, of course perhaps we should try raking the surface :). The article that these outlets were referring to is by Smith … Continue reading

Moving habitat

Several years ago I created a series of posters for my classroom at the time that showed the different biomes around the world. A biome is a generalized description for an area that is based on climatic factors such as precipitation, temperatures, and geography. A desert is one type of biome. The plants and animals … Continue reading

Can you wait for a reward?

I’m someone who is in it for the long haul. I can put in the time and effort now even if I know there will be no reward for awhile. This, I would assume makes it easier for me to do things like workout or even to have worked on and completed my degrees. On … Continue reading

Health impacts of wildfire smoke exposure: It’s only going to get worse

For the past two weekends I have paddled through some pretty nasty air. I was at two different dragon boat festivals, both of which were affected by the smoke from the wildfire carnage in BC. The festival in Edmonton this week had to postpone the entire morning of races due to the horrendous air quality. … Continue reading

Sport under threat from climate change

During my doctoral research one of my participants brought in a photo of her sand boarding. It was snow boarding on sand dunes and we talked about the potential impacts of climate change on sport, particularly winter sport. Check out the website for my research here. The cross country ski program in Special Olympics Alberta … Continue reading

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