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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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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Japan

I visited Japan in 1991 and found it was a country of paradoxes – the latest in high tech devices sold a block away from a centuries-old temple, and brides dressed in traditional red...

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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s story is well-known around the world. Here are five fast facts you may not know: In 2013, more than one million people visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The play, The...

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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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Five Fast Facts for Friday: Gemstones

Minerals that are beautiful, durable and rare are called gemstones. Here are a fewthings you might not know about gemstones: The Star of India is the world’s largest sapphire. It was discovered more than...

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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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Revision – aka catching all the boo-boos

I’ve been up to my elbows in the muck of revision for a few weeks now.  I started off looking at the forest, or the big picture.  Have I built tension? Have the characters...

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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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