Entomological Society of Ontario Conference 2015

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Entomological Society of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting, this year held at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS). Allison and I were invited to speak at the meeting and bring the BIObus along so everyone could learn how we promote insects, biodiversity and science to the public. Continue reading “Entomological Society of Ontario Conference 2015”

Plenty of Pollinators and Ample Amphipods: Georgian Bay Islands and Six Mile Lake

It is yet again time for a quick update on the comings and goings of the BIObus!  Thanushi, Kate and I spent this past week visiting and sampling in three different parks: Six Mile Lake Provincial Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park and Awenda Provincial Park.  With glorious weather and beautiful sample sites, it was the perfect week for aquatic sampling.  Continue reading “Plenty of Pollinators and Ample Amphipods: Georgian Bay Islands and Six Mile Lake”

BIObus Sampling At Long Point

Long Point Provincial Park was the next destination for the BIObus’ aquatic sampling tour across Ontario Provincial Parks. Long Point is a sand spit on north shore of Lake Erie, this is a unique region of southern Ontario, being comprised of primarily sandy soils and deciduous trees. The point juts out into Lake Erie, creating a dynamic environment with lots of biodiversity. Continue reading “BIObus Sampling At Long Point”

Natural Wonders of the Ausable-Bayfield Watershed, with a Little Bit of Outreach

Welcome to another rendition of my blog where you will hear incredible stories about our adventures in the Canadian wilderness.

On June 29, a few of us from BIO teamed up with Pinery Provincial Park and the surrounding Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) to collect, sort and maintain samples of aquatic and soil invertebrates to help construct the DNA barcode library. This will allow us to someday assess the biotic integrity of the Ausable-Bayfield Watershed by sequencing the environmental DNA in a water or soil sample. Continue reading “Natural Wonders of the Ausable-Bayfield Watershed, with a Little Bit of Outreach”

Getting Into the Sweep of Things

Greetings everyone, this is Nate Jones. This summer I have been fortunate enough to be part of the BIObus crew for my first time. I have a keen interest for nature and all things wild. I am feeling very comfortable, here in Northern British Columbia, where there is no shortage of wildlife and boasts a vast array of plant life. I feel like I am right in my element and I am eager to learn about the native flora and fauna. Continue reading “Getting Into the Sweep of Things”

Presenting in Smithers

Hello BIObus blog passengers, my name is Martin Zlatkin, and I will be one of your guides for this half of the summer. You may remember me from last year’s BIObus trip when we ventured to the east coast of Canada and visited several national parks. I’m a big fan of traveling and I have the passport to prove it. Continue reading “Presenting in Smithers”