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Enter to Win a Copy of Bats in Trouble!

Today is the last day of International Bat Week 2017 and to celebrate, I am offering 10 free copies of Bats in Trouble in a Goodreads giveaway! This story is great for young readers, aged...

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Batty for Bat Boxes

I’ve gone a bit batty recently, but I’m happy to say I’m not the only one. Bats seem to make the news almost every week and more people are aware of the perils they...

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How Do Wind Turbines Work?

In Bats in Trouble, Tyler explains wind energy in a very simple way: “It’s the opposite of a fan,” he says. “A fan uses energy to make wind, but a turbine uses wind to...

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Batty Recipes to Celebrate Bat Week

Why are people so worried about bats? Well, do you like strawberries, mangoes, almonds, carrots, bananas, oranges, sunflower seeds, cashews, or avocadoes? Do you like chocolate? Bats help farmers, growers and harvesters bring these foods to...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Wind Energy

  My new book for young readers, Bats in Trouble, is about the conflict between bats and wind turbines. I had to learn a lot about wind energy before I started writing the story...

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It’s a Dangerous World

It’s not easy being a bat – there are dangers everywhere. Bats are often eaten by hawks and owls, and sometimes by raccoons and weasels that sneak up on them when they’re sleeping. There...

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Blind as a Bat?

We’ve all heard the description ‘as blind as a bat’ – but how blind is a bat, really? I mean, bats hunt insects with better accuracy and success than I have with a fly...

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It’s Bat Week!

What’s better than a day to celebrate bats? How about an entire week to focus on these tiny superheroes! To get the week started, here’s a short video with some cool facts (and great...

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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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Five Fast Fact for Friday: Exterminator

Exterminators provide a service that you might not think about or value much – until your deck has been eaten by termites or bats have made a home in your eaves. Here are five...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Henry Ford

Henry Ford used his imagination and skills to change the automobile industry. Here are five fast facts you may not know about Henry Ford: Ford’s first working automobile was a quadricycle that he couldn’t...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Adele

Adele debuted in 2008 and has become one of the world’s top singer-songwriters. There are many fascinating facts about Adele that you may not know: Adele often imitated the Spice Girls and loved to...

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Have you finished reading Salamander Rescue? Here’s a new QUIZ!

Are you ready for a challenge? If you have finished reading my newest chapter book, Salamander Rescue, try this new quiz to see how much you remember. I’ve included questions about the characters, Waterton,...

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In Search of Little Free Libraries

This weekend we went on a scavenger hunt of sorts, on the quest for Little Free Libraries in our neighbourhood. Trekking up and down streets we’ve never explored, we followed tips from neighbours, leading...

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Anne Frank: How much do you know?

Like me, you may have read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank when you were in school. More than 70 years after her death, Anne’s story is still riveting and her...

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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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A Whirlwind Weekend

It really was a whirlwind weekend for my book tour through southern Alberta as I dodged tornado warnings and golf-ball sized hail! Parks Day 2016 in Waterton was bigger and better than 2014, when...

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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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