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I am namew

I am namew

They call me a living fossil. I call myself a survivor. I have been swimming in this river longer than many of you have been alive. I travel hundreds of kilometers each year and know the best places to lay my eggs when the time comes every few years – or sometimes only once every decade.

Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

The far north in Ontario has innumerable lakes and thousands of kilometres of rivers crisscrossing a landscape that is as much water as land. In fact, some of the world’s last large free-flowing rivers – including the Albany, Winisk and Severn – wind their way across this landscape and carry its abundant freshwater north toward Hudson and James Bay.

Peatlands: Vital for carbon storage and stewardship

Peatlands: Vital for carbon storage and stewardship

Peatlands are finally getting some overdue respect. A type of wetland, these unique ecosystems are particularly noteworthy because of their unusually deep organic soils formed by thousands of years of waterlogged decaying plants and mosses. While they exist in all parts of Canada, some of the largest peatland complexes in the world are in northern Canada. Peatlands are a vital resource – a filter for ensuring rivers run clean, a haven for wildlife and, as we now increasingly appreciate, a huge storehouse for carbon.

Northern Inspiration: Bringing science and youth together in the Moose Cree Homeland

Northern Inspiration: Bringing science and youth together in the Moose Cree Homeland

Youth voices around the world are calling loudly for action on climate change and biodiversity loss, including voices from Indigenous youth such as Autumn Peltier and international voices like Greta Thunberg. But this urgency really became tangible for me as I travelled north to Moose Factory on the edge of James Bay over winter roads that were quickly becoming impassable.

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

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

Today is International GIS Day! A day to celebrate geography and geographic information systems (GIS) around the world by show casing real-world GIS applications to students and the general public. You can find more details on events occurring around the world (displayed, fittingly, on a map).