A Recap


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This has been, by far, the most eventful summer I have had at BIO. My last summer here, in 2014, I was deployed on the BIObus for our trip out west and got so see some pretty amazing things, but this year has been far more jam-packed. I have been out in the field for a variety of reasons this summer. Continue reading “A Recap”

Flexin’ My Mussels and Saying Bye to BIO


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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”

Oodles of Odonates at Awenda Provincial Park


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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


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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”

The Shelled Inhabitants of Balsam Lake Provincial Park


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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


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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”

Aquatic and Worm Sampling in Bruce Peninsula National Park


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After a successful week of sampling at Long Point Provincial Park, the BIObus was off to Bruce Peninsula National Park. The Bruce Peninsula divides Georgian Bay from the main basin of Lake Huron, and has some very unique aquatic ecosystems where interesting species can be found. We sampled a variety of these habitats which included creeks, marshes, ponds and lakes. Continue reading “Aquatic and Worm Sampling in Bruce Peninsula National Park”

The Real Damsels And Dragons Of Ontario


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Hello again faithful readers,

Last week I returned to the BIObus for more aquatic sampling.  This time we visited sites within the Backus Heritage Conservation Area, Long Point Provincial Park, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (N.C.C.). Today I’ll be talking about the river damselflies that were almost ubiquitous across our sampling areas and some details about our time in Long Point and the N.C.C. Continue reading “The Real Damsels And Dragons Of Ontario”

BIObus Sampling At Long Point


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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”

Spider Ground Control to Arachnid One


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Hi everyone,

I just returned from a week of aquatic sampling at Point Pelee National Park and have much to share. The peninsula that is Point Pelee is the most southern part of Canada and it is revered as one of the best spots in North America to observe the spring migration of songbirds. The park itself exists largely due to the efforts of W.E. Saunders who arrived at Point Pelee in 1882 with the intention of duck hunting. Continue reading “Spider Ground Control to Arachnid One”