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More than just a meal: Ontario’s freshwater mussels
BY Margaret Sheldon
ON November 24, 2017
   When people in Ontario hear the word “mussels” they normally think about the tasty ocean mussels smothered in butter and garlic that they have as a meal every so often. What Ontarians often don’t realize, however, is that their province is actually the national hotspot for freshwater mussels. While these native species may not be as appealing to eat as their mar...
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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 and relax through Brumation!  Brumation is very  similar to hibernation but done by ectotherms (cold-blooded animals) and involves specific metabolic processes.  Generally, turtles find a specific site, called hibernacula, to rest.  Hibernacula are very specifically chosen, and dependent on species and life stage.  In no...
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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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