Following a typically cumbersome and mildly frustrating drive through the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), my biology brain began perseverating on how rough it must feel for a bear or a moose who accidentally finds itself too close to this urban mecca. What is too close? That depends on what perspective you indulge in. Black bears, moose, wolves, elk and wolverines used to occupy … [Read more...] about How did black bears end up in London, Goderich?
Given the evolving and quickly changing state of the world, I almost forgot it was a long weekend. Now that I live in beautiful downtown NOTL, I was quickly reminded by the traffic of both vehicles, bikers, and pedestrians alike. It was sincerely pleasant, some sort of unidentifiable relief over seeing things looking back to normal, whatever normal is. Attached to this … [Read more...] about Join cleanup along parkway Saturday morning
How’s this for an urban camping experience? After an evening of paddling on the Welland recreation canal in the full moonlight, my girlfriend and I went back to my friend’s place to set up a tent in his backyard. My pal lives in suburban Welland, but has the backyard of a countryside hangout. He and his partner have several raised gardens, a big tree, a rabbit … [Read more...] about Raccoons thrive in human environment
I get asked a lot of questions as a hiking tour guide and outdoor educator. It’s probably my favourite aspect of the job. It’s never annoying, and there is no such thing as a dumb question. Rather, I am happy to see a sea of curious minds who are intrigued by their natural surroundings. It would be far more concerning if people didn’t ask any questions at all. This week, I … [Read more...] about A few popular nature questions answered
The past year and a half has revealed to me why our species struggles to actively engage with the conservation of nature. All of the clues and observations I am about to list have previously existed in our time. There are signs all around us which represent the barriers of humans needing to properly care about the environment. Protecting the environment has … [Read more...] about It’s time to put an end to conservation hesitancy