Smaller fields, more biodiversity, research by Carleton professor shows
Lenore Fahrig, a biology professor at Carleton University, has found that dividing large fields into smaller ones helps provide habitat for native wildlife.
Insect watching during the pandemic: In a standstill world, nature’s transformations offer soulful reassurance
For many Canadians, this summer has been low key and quieter than most. Since travel during the pandemic isn’t really encouraged, many of us are staying closer to home – and that change may present the opportunity to observe things we don’t usually pay attention to.
New nuclear waste guidelines could lead to ‘massive dump’ upstream from Ottawa if approved
New regulation documents for Canada’s disposal of nuclear waste have come under fire from activists and the NDP, and could impact the Chalk River nuclear facility if passed.
Pets, vets, vaccines and the pandemic: Animal and human health entwined more than ever in COVID times
With COVID-19 forcing people to practise physical distancing, a pet can make a big difference in terms of emotional support. Fortunately, while the novel coronavirus is believed to be a zoonotic disease – which means it was transmitted from animals, presumably bats, to humans – research shows it’s very unlikely…
Canada’s Borer War: Ottawa on front line in fight against ash-killing beetle that has wiped out 50,000 trees
Ottawa’s war on the Emerald Ash Borer enters a new phase.
Nature’s baby season during COVID-19 leads to rekindled love of wildlife — and a spike in unnecessary ‘rescues’
With ‘baby season’ in full swing across Ontario, experts are sharing their advice for reconnecting with urban wildlife while dealing with the realities of COVID-19.
Silver lining: Teen robotics team wired to work on after competition scuttled by COVID-19
“The main takeaway of it all is what we learn,” he added, citing the team’s preparation along the way, including the thrill of past competitions. “It’s not really about competing or winning, but the experience that we get from it, and the fun — it’s actually a lot of fun doing all of it.”
Study underlines that air pollution a leading cause of premature death worldwide
While Ottawa air quality is considered low risk, a new study shows that long term exposure to air pollution is a major health threat worldwide.
Coyote risk ‘virtually nil,’ official says despite reports of incidents
In January, a Barrhaven couple lost one of their dogs to a suspected coyote attack. That was followed a few days later by a sensational story about a father in New Hampshire who wrestled and killed a coyote after it tried to nab his two-year-old son. These are the kinds…