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The many strands of WCS Canada’s research in the far north in Ontario

19 November 2014

One of the reasons that I like fieldwork is that it always involves learning new skills, and often these are obscure skills that I never expected I would need in my career as a biologist. As an example, this summer I found myself sitting on a grassy riverbank near the shores of James Bay, wearing my full rain gear on a sunny day as protection against the relentless blackflies, learning to splice rope. Splicing rope involves braiding strands of rope together to join two ropes or to form a loop at the end, and is far stronger than tying knots. It turns out that splicing rope is a useful skill for fish research, since it often requires boats, anchors and other rigging where strong connections are needed.

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