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Stansell’s List

By Rick Schneider / 11 February 2024

A 1923 manuscript, Birds of Alberta, has recently come to light, describing the birdlife of Alberta a century ago.

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Coexisting With Coyotes

By Susan / 23 January 2024

What ten years’ worth of close encounters with urban coyotes tell us about coexisting with these wily canines.

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The Currency of Angler Citizen Science

By Susan / 19 January 2024

Lorne Fitch searches for a treasure trove of citizen science data in the fishing diaries of lifelong anglers.

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Five New Firsts in Alberta Bird Sightings

By Nature Kids / 19 January 2024

Alberta’s official bird record gained five first-time species sightings last year!

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Motus: The Latest Advance in Tracking Bird Migration

By Nature Kids / 19 January 2024

New technology, new insight — Motus is a tiny revolution in tracking bird migration.

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For the Love of Lichens

By Nature Kids / 19 January 2024

There’s lots to love about lichens! Meet some of Alberta’s most colourful examples of these fascinating amalgam organisms.

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Canada Jays: Grey Ghosts of the Northern Woods

By Susan / 19 January 2024

Meet the grey ghost of the northern woods — the mischievous yet charming Canada jay.

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Bloodsucking Leeches: More Than Just a Horror Icon

By Nature Kids / 24 October 2023

BY CHERYL TEBBY

Popular depictions of leeches often include concentric rows of sharp, fang-like teeth, or maybe an elongate ventral sucker that enables them to cling to their victim like the sticky-hand toys found in birthday “goody bags.” But in real life, leeches are a little more prosaic, much less horror-movie monster. 

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How to Build a Bird: The Story of Avian Evolution

By Nature Kids / 23 October 2023

BY RICHARD SCHNEIDER AND NICK CARTER

The origin of the avian body plan is not something bird watchers often think about. With so many species to find and identify out there, what does it matter how they originated? However, the story of bird evolution is a fascinating one, and understanding it can bring great enrichment to the hobby of birdwatching. 

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Arctic Grayling: The Jewel of Canada’s Northern Waters

By Steph Weizenbach / 16 October 2023

BY JESSICA REILLY

I spend my free time studying Arctic grayling, and it captures every ounce of my curiosity. Arctic grayling have striking colouration with large dorsal fins reminiscent of a marine sailfish. They are aggressive feeders and fun to catch on a fly. In studying them, we learn more about the ancient processes that led to the rich mosaic of biodiversity around us today.

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