Flexin’ My Mussels and Saying Bye to BIO

Last month Dan, Danielle and I trekked down to Chatham, Ontario to collect some samples for the freshwater mussel project that I’ve been working on for the last year. We collaborated with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as they were working on monitoring the mussel populations for their projects and were able to help us find and ID the mussels. Continue reading “Flexin’ My Mussels and Saying Bye to BIO”

Catching Moths In The Night

Hey Folks!

Long time no blog. We have been super busy here at BIO in the past few weeks.  Between field work, the rare BioBlitz, and the Barcoding Conference, it has been pretty crazy here lately! There will be lots of blogs coming your way from our staff about all these fun topics.   I myself have been doing a lot of night collecting in the form of Bucket Traps and Night Sheets. Continue reading “Catching Moths In The Night”

A rare BioBlitz

Hello everyone, today I want to tell you about my first BioBlitz! It was held at rare Charitable Research Reserve on Sunday, August 16th. I have previously visited rare to do some standardized sampling with Dan and Kareina, so I knew where we were going, but as this was my first BioBlitz I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Our BIO collections team had been preparing almost all week for it, so I knew we’d have a ton of fun. Continue reading “A rare BioBlitz”

My Training Period in Canada

This training period was my first real scientific work experience and I had no idea what to expect from a Canadian laboratory. During my first day of work at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, I realized my expectations of what the lab would be like was very different from reality. I imagined a building mainly made up of white corridors and lab mates who would not necessarily speak to each other. Instead I found myself inside a beautiful modern building with large open rooms and a team that made me feel like it was a big family: everyone was very friendly with each other and I soon became one of their friends as well. I soon participated in many different tasks within the Institute. Continue reading “My Training Period in Canada”

It’s a snake, it’s a fly, it’s a snakefly!

Hello again readers! After my Point Pelee adventures, I have now returned to the quieter lab life, processing and sorting insects from private parks and conservation areas around Canada.  So far, I have been processing a lot of different insects from ecological reserves and conservation areas in British Columbia. BC has different climates and habitats than Ontario, and there are some insects that you can find in BC, but you wouldn’t be able to find here. One example of this is the snakefly (Order Raphidioptera), which can be found in places like Alberta and BC.   Continue reading “It’s a snake, it’s a fly, it’s a snakefly!”

Oodles of Odonates at Awenda Provincial Park

This past week, the BIObus visited Georgian Bay Islands, Six Mile Lake, and finally Awenda Provincial Park, nestled at the tip of the Penetanguishene (meaning “land of white, rolling sands”) Peninsula in Georgian Bay.  This park has both a rich geological as well as cultural history, with the area having been inhabited by humans as far back as 11,000 years ago.  Continue reading “Oodles of Odonates at Awenda Provincial Park”

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”

BIO Blitzes BioBlitzes

Hi everyone,

I recently got back from another fun weekend of BioBlitzing – this time in the Ojibway Prairie Complex (OPC). The OPC is the equivalent of a gold mine for discovering species that are new to science or Canada. Continue reading “BIO Blitzes BioBlitzes”

The Shelled Inhabitants of Balsam Lake Provincial Park

This past week (July 27-31) I had the privilege of joining Kylee and Crystal on the BIObus when it travelled to Balsam Lake Provincial Park and Indian Point Provincial Park. Balsam Lake Provincial Park is a small park located on the Northwestern edge of Balsam Lake in the Kawartha Lakes. Continue reading “The Shelled Inhabitants of Balsam Lake Provincial Park”

Quills and Dragon Hunters

Hello again! Last week the BIObus headed up north to Balsam Lake and Indian Point Provincial Parks to complete some aquatic and soil sampling. Field work is considerably different than working in the archive. Continue reading “Quills and Dragon Hunters”