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The Goldenrod Gall Cycle
BY Christine Bowen
ON September 27, 2017
      Goldenrod is the beautiful, native flower covering our fields and meadows in yellow this time of year. However, as the blooms fall, you may notice that some of the Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)  has round swellings on some of the stems. Those round swellings are galls produced by goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidagnis).    &nb...
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Get Involved with BARC!
BY Christine Bowen
ON September 21, 2017
Interested in volunteering with us?  There are a couple of ways for you to get involved: Bay Area Ambassador-You hangout in our kiosk at Bayfront Park to answer peoples questions. Shifts are normally afternoons and weekends for 3 hours. We request that you man the kiosk once a week.  Under this role, you can also man a booth on our behalf at community events I.e. James St....
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Watery Reflections
BY Alaa Husain
ON July 1, 2017
I would say that my co-op experience has been great overall. I chose to be a youth water leader to get more experience in the field that I will be studying in college which is biotechnology at Mohawk. I have learned a lot about the environment from doing field work and listening to other people’s presentations. I have also learned my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to communication, p...
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iClimate Explores McMaster's Environmental Research
BY iClimate McMaster
ON April 19, 2017
The goal of iClimate is to publicize and raise awareness of climate change and environmental research at McMaster, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and develop students’ ability to share their research with the public in a creative and memorable way. The Whitefish Project By Caitlin West (Wilson Toxicology Lab)    The Wolfe Creek Research Basin by Ryan Roli...
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From Barren to Bountiful: Create Habitat for Pollinators
BY Beatrice Ekoko
ON April 11, 2017
 Maybe you have a vast (uh hum--useless) lawn, or maybe you’ve only got a tiny patch of garden. No matter what it is, now is the time to transform this spot of earth into a veritable paradise for wild bees and other pollinators.Why? Globally, bees and other pollinator populations are declining, impacting plant diversity, vegetable and fruit harvests, and of course animals (humans includ...
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Experience Hamilton Harbour Through Art
BY Deb Mack
ON March 1, 2017
Lighthouses, shells, boats, ships & shipwrecks, all appeal to me. The cry of seagulls, the sound of the ocean, the lapping of water on rocks, the haunting sound of a foghorn. And although I haven’t done it in years…going fishing.…could it be because I’m the water sign, CANCER.…could it be because my childhood summer Sundays were spent fishing on the Grand River, ...
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