Blog Categories: Nature

Five (More) Fast Facts for Friday: Bats

Bats exist on every continent except Antarctica (just like ospreys!), and there are many amazing different species. One quarter – yes, 25% – of all known mammal species are bats. There are 1293 species...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Bats

My enthusiasm for bats always seems to raise a few eyebrows. Most people don’t see them as the misunderstood, hardworking heroes of the ecosystem, like I do. Are you a skeptic, too? Here are...

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Book Launch in October

It’s time to release a new book out into the wild! I hope you’ll join me for the launch of Bats in Trouble on Thursday, October 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Owl’s Nest...

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A Canadian Safari

A few weeks ago I went on a safari. Not a giraffe, lion, elephant safari – a grizzly bear safari in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary, one of the few places in the world where...

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Have you met Taco-Charlie?

If you go to Lethbridge, you must visit Taco-Charlie at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. During my book tour this month, my time in Lethbridge was limited and I had to make a choice:...

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Amphibian or Reptile: Can you tell the difference?

Here’s a pop quiz – just like in school, when your teacher tests you before the lesson, just to see how much you already know (or don’t know). This is just like that. Take...

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Wild ID – more than a mug shot

Long-toed salamanders are pretty distinctive. The vivid yellow stripe is a sure giveaway, as is the long toe on each back foot. But how did researchers in Waterton distinguish one long-toed salamander from the...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Landslides

Often, the deadliest landslides happen with little warning. I have driven through the Frank Slide in the Crowsnest Pass many times and always find it quite eerie to consider that some of the town’s...

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BOOK LAUNCH for Salamander Rescue

I hope you will join me for the launch of Salamander Rescue on Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 – 8:30pm at Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary. I’ll talk a bit about Waterton’s salamanders, read some...

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Today is Bear Day

“Why is Dad standing outside with the pole for the umbrella?” “What?” I turned the water off and shook my hands dry. There were no paper towels in the campground washrooms. As I turned...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Manta Rays

When I’m swimming in the ocean, it’s always in the back of my mind that a ray could be underfoot. They’re flat, well-camouflaged and downright scary. Remember how Steve Irwin died? As I researched...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Flight

If you could become an animal, what would you choose? I would like to be a bird, able to soar over mountains and deserts. When I was researching facts for this book, I discovered many...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Gorillas

I could watch the gorillas at the zoo for hours. Did you know they are the largest of the apes and live only in the forests of Africa? Here are a few more facts about gorillas:...

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Looking for Winter in Waterton

Resolution #1 : Embrace Winter What better place to strengthen my resolve than Waterton Lakes National Park? Six-foot drifts and a weekend on snowshoes should do the trick. I had never visited Waterton in...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Hibernation

It’s winter, and I would dearly love to curl up with a blanket and hibernate. But…in true hibernation, an animal is close to death. Its heart and breathing almost stop. Here are five fast...

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DDT and the Osprey

DDT has a nasty reputation. Probably the most commonly-known fact about DDT is that it caused prey bird populations to plummet in the 1960s and 70s. Birds that ingested DDT produced eggs that were...

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Saving Salamanders

Last month, I swung a pulaski for the first time. Okay, not so much swung it, as hacked and chopped and dug with it as I helped repair the salamander fences and tunnels in...

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Keeping Ospreys Safe

Birds nest in the strangest places – like the robin that built its nest in our canoe once, and the dove that decided to nest on my parents’ front door. Yup, right on the...

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Airborne Predators

Ospreys are hunters, or, more accurately, fishers. They are birds of prey, after all. Other birds of prey, like eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls, hunt a variety of other critters, which helps keep an...

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What inspires you?

Last month, I found myself in need of a little inspiration. I sat at my desk, fingers poised above the keyboard, blinking cursor ready to march across the page – and I couldn’t get...

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Calgary Hatch Date Contest!

ENMAX has launched a Hatch Date Contest in Calgary! The ospreys in the nest near the Calgary Zoo have laid 3 eggs and if you can guess the date that one of them will...

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Osprey Nests Around the World

If you are looking for truly unscripted reality television, check out an osprey nest cam. Family squabbles, sibling rivalry, murderous intruders, and first flights are all high drama in the osprey world. Nest cams...

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Waiting in Anticipation

It’s early May, and all over the northern hemisphere, ospreys are starting their families. They’ve spent some time sprucing up the nursery, lining the nest with soft materials like grass, and females should be...

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Nest Building, Osprey-style

It’s late April, and all over the northern hemisphere ospreys are arriving at their summer homes after a long migration. Males and females usually arrive separately and whoever gets to the nest first begins...

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Is that bird wearing a backpack?

You have probably seen birds with bands on their feet. These tiny metal bracelets may be colored and labeled with letters and numbers, all of which can tell scientists a lot about the bird,...

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