Everybody counts

In this new era of citizen science, the public is playing a crucial role in tracking species and helping to conserve our natural heritage     “IS THAT A TREE SPARROW? Yeah, I think I’ve got a tree sparrow.” “Back up in those weeds?” “Yeah.” “There’s at...

Woodland wonders

Wildflower expert Brian Carson has made a specialty of finding (and cultivating) rare trillium varieties and mutations — before developers’ bulldozers can wipe out their woodland habitats BRIAN CARSON IS SOUGHT OUT by wildflower experts the world over. He is in demand...

Sea change

Cruise lines are competing for passengers with themed voyages and excursions that cater to every interest KETCHIKAN, ALASKA, IS A POPULAR port of call for cruise ships travelling along the Alaskan panhandle and B.C.’s northern coast. Mountains, waterfalls, and totem...

The great white northerner

Most Ontarians know belugas only from nature documentaries, but a hardy population of this marine species persists in the province’s northern reaches. Can it resist the impacts of climate change? EVERY YEAR, SOMETIME DURING the Arctic spring, beluga whales wintering...

The sing-song of summer

In the decade since designating the whip-poor-will a threatened species, the Ontario government has done little to halt its decline. Yet, without the bird’s call, Ontario outdoors would not be the same   DUSK CREEPS IN LATE once mid-June arrives in Ontario....

The 19th hole is a cruise ship

A new cruise stops at eight beautiful seaside links courses in Ireland and Scotland                     SEASIDE GOLF IS one thing, but arriving via Zodiac, that’s another. It’s all part of the eight-day cruise from One...

A crystal ball for the boreal

How the SPRUCE project is helping assess what the future holds for the world’s boreal forests   “There is simply nothing else like this in the world.” Danielle Way, a plant biologist and associate professor at Western University in London, Ont., could be talking...

Five key takeaways from Arctic Frontiers 2019

The uncertainty and change that’s disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting’s agenda   AFTER TWO MONTHS OF Arctic night, bracketed by brief windows of expanding twilight, the sun makes its annual return above the crest of the mountains...