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Where have the turtles gone?
BY Christine Bowen
ON November 17, 2017
The turtles don’t go anywhere, but rather hide!  Generally, turtles find a specific site, called hibernacula, to hide.  Hibernacula are very specifically chosen, and dependent on species and life stage.  In northern parts of North America, like here in Canada, turtle can spend almost half their life in an overwintering state in their hibernacula, and thus have specific adaptio...
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A support letter from St. Marguerite CES
BY Bay Area Restoration Council
ON November 10, 2017
We love receiving positive feedback from the schools we visit. Check out this amazing support letter we received from St. Marguerite CES: "BARC has provided many environmental educational programs for the students at our school over the years.  In fact, we have experienced all their excellent programs and highly recommend them for all schools to participate in learning about helping the ...
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Hamilton: A Pumpkin Lovers Paradise
BY Laura Stinson
ON October 30, 2017
People celebrate Halloween with great enthusiasm. Many decorate their homes, spend hours making a costume, and try their best to put on a scare. But the most popular part of Halloween is of course, the pumpkin. Carving and decorating pumpkins started when the event of Halloween came to North America. Pumpkins were discovered to be easier to carve than the original jack-o'-lanterns that were carved...
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The forgotten bird killer
BY Irene Fedun
ON October 20, 2017
I rounded the corner of one of Toronto’s black office towers on a crescent moon night and almost stepped on a tiny, feathery shape huddled near the plate glass window. It was a White-throated Sparrow.  Like hundreds of his fellow migrants, this bird had collided with a brightly lit building.  It was late April and he was headed towards his breeding grounds, taking advantage of the ...
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The case of the chewing
BY Christine Bowen
ON October 9, 2017
If you had case of biophilia and did got out this past weekend, you may have noticed how some tree leaves look a little chewed up. Especially the oaks?  That’s the handy work of the Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar dispar), an invasive species that has been around since the 1860’s. Why is it a problem?The gypsy moth larvae and caterpillars feed on tree leaves. If populations are ...
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A case of biophilia
BY Christine Bowen
ON October 6, 2017
The term “biophilia” is used to describe human’s preference for natural settings and wild creatures.  I have a huge case of biophilia, and thought you should all know why.   The most obvious answer is that it is beautiful. No matter where you are, nature is stunning.  From sparkling water drops on a leaf to the yellow of a coyotes eye, from a field of colorful...
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