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Sprucing Up The Digestive System: The Overwintering Process of the Spruce Grouse
BY Shannon Bird
ON December 11, 2018
As winter approaches, not quite everyone is looking for a plane ticket south. In fact, some Hamilton residents are specifically adapted to live here throughout the coldest months. The Spruce Grouse is a species found in Hamilton who is committed to living here year round. This grouse is formally known as Falcipennis canadensis, and informally known as the “fool hen,” for its gentle nat...
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What's With All The Algae?
BY Chris McLaughlin
ON September 21, 2018
Hamilton Harbour has an algae problem. People have noticed! Because it has a nutrient problem – or, mostly a phosphorus problem. And a sediment problem, too, which is related to the phosphorus problem. Let me explain briefly.Sediment is material that settles in liquid, like the grounds of your coffee at the bottom of the cup. But we’re talking about the fine sandy, earthy material tha...
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Sewage and Stormwater
BY Kirsten Nikel
ON September 11, 2018
Did you know that there is a massive tank under the parking lot at Bayfront Park? The tank is 21,000 m3, or the size of over 8 Olympic swimming pools!  It’s a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) tank, and its job is to store excess water during storm events to prevent untreated sewage from entering the harbour.   Photo of Royal Avenue CSO tank construction (Photo credit: City of Ham...
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Hopping to their Demise
BY Jessica Tartaglia
ON August 20, 2018
Amphibians around the world are experiencing a crisis. Populations are declining at a drastic rate and our local species are no exception. Studies have shown that populations of our 13 species of frogs and toads native to Ontario are declining. As I’m sure many of you may know from sitting outside on spring evening frogs and toads are quite noisy. This makes them quite easy to study. By lis...
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What’s up with walleye?
BY Kirsten Nikel
ON August 4, 2018
You may have heard that walleye have been stocked in Hamilton Harbour over the past few years, but what are those fish doing now? What does this mean for the harbour? Stocking walleye is one of the ways that people are trying to restore fish communities and improve the health of the harbour, but it isn’t the only part of the story. Having a self-sustaining population of walleye in Hamil...
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A Spring to Remember
BY Jocelyn Brenner
ON July 19, 2018
My name is Jocelyn and I am very excited to share with you the experience I had while completing an academic placement with the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC). I am a fourth year Life Sciences student minoring in geography and environmental sciences at McMaster University. The life sciences department at McMaster provides students with the opportunity to explore a career of interest by comp...
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