the hunt for the lakeside daisy

In mid-June I took a ten day trip to the Bruce Peninsula to conduct an insect survey with the University of Waterloo. Being part of a small and cohesive team with a job to do can lead to some of the best days outdoors and spending time together in our down-time is always end up…

phoenix leadership conference: a recap

For the May long weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Phoenix Leadership Conference in Huntsville, Ontario. Four days of collaborating and participating in activities and conversations with other budding leaders aged fourteen to twenty-five made for a fantastic long weekend. Covering topics including adapting to change, making time for self-care, and understanding your…

canada’s single-use plastics ban is coming

On Monday June 10th, 2019 it was reported that the Trudeau government will be implementing a ban on single-use plastics starting in 2021! This process will reportedly start with various efforts to reduce plastic pollution to make an adjustment ahead of the ban which could come into effect in 2021. Plastic is everywhere. It is…

i wish bugs were bigger

Ten years ago, two years ago, and even just two months ago you would never have heard me say that I wished bugs were bigger. My interest in insects was a solid zero, my (irrational) fear of bugs was a solid four out of ten, and my desire to learn about bugs only ever made…

monarch monitoring has begun

Last week was my first week of participating in Monarch (Danaus plexippus) monitoring for the Canadian Wildlife Service! The only monarch related find was a singular monarch egg, found on the underside of a Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) leaf which is featured in the main photo of this article. In the coming weeks of participating…

national wildlife week

April 7 to 13th is National Wildlife Week! Wonder what you can do to do more for wildlife in your region? Care to learn about species at risk in Canada?

point pelee national park

This past weekend I went to Point Pelee National Park (Parc national de la Pointe-PelĂ©e)! Established in 1918, Point Pelee is the most southern point of mainland Canada and in 1996, the area was designated as a Dark Sky Reserve. Located 60 kilometers from Windsor, Point Pelee National Park makes a great and accessible day…

indigenous memes: insight to an ignored perspective

Memes are defined as humourous images, videos, and pieces of text that are spread through the internet. Memes differ from verbal jokes in many ways. The most significant differences between memes and verbal jokes is the accessibility of memes on the internet and the speed at which they can be distributed. These images and other…

four easy ways to add gratitude to your life this month

Gratitude is defined as the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness and is considered one of the most commonly neglected emotions. Research related to gratitude has found that expressing and acknowledging gratitude improves quality of life and human well-being – which is why it is important to pay know how to show…

did you celebrate world wetlands day?

World Wetlands Day is an annual celebration on February 2nd for the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in 1971. If you didn’t know about it or didn’t have the time to celebrate: that’s okay. Celebrating wetlands does not have to be a once-a-year occurrence. You can celebrate wetlands…