Paddling Point Pelee


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Hello again readers! Last week, the BIObus headed as far south as you can go in mainland Canada, to Point Pelee National Park. We went out there to do some aquatic sampling at a few spots in the area: Point Pelee, Ojibway Natural Prairie Reserve, and Rondeau Provincial Park. Continue reading “Paddling Point Pelee”

Persi’s Pinery Provincial Park Plankton Pull


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Hi everyone,

I just returned from a busy but fun filled week on the BIObus at the Pinery Provincial Park. The main objective was to sample aquatic invertebrates and compile a bio-inventory for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). If you’ve been reading my earlier blogs you know that I’m keen on spiders, and fortunately, I was able to collect some interesting spiders in the ABCA. One unusual spider I found was the orb-weaving Arrow-shaped Micrathena (Micrathena sagittata). Continue reading “Persi’s Pinery Provincial Park Plankton Pull”

The ABC’s of ABCA!


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Hello again everyone! I’m going to talk to you about the most recent trip the BIObus and her crew went on, where we had a ‘base camp’ in the Pinery, and explored a variety of management and conservation areas within the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). Continue reading “The ABC’s of ABCA!”

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


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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”

Finding Aquatic Invertebrates In Eastern Ontario


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Hey Folks!

I have just made my triumphant return from the very first BIObus trip of the season! While this trip was a bit shorter than former excursions, we still covered a lot of ground and sampled all kinds of water bodies! Continue reading “Finding Aquatic Invertebrates In Eastern Ontario”

Keeping Your Balance In A Stratified Ecosystem


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Hello faithful readers!

Last week I was on the BIObus in several lovely Canadian parks where our team focused on aquatic collections. We got to tramp around in various rivers, bogs, fens, swamps and shorelines in our hip waders, scooping up bugs with our D-nets. This trip, along with many others that will take place this summer, will help BIO add a new level of aquatic invertebrates to the reference library. Continue reading “Keeping Your Balance In A Stratified Ecosystem”

Microscope Imaging And Plankton Sampling


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After completing the imaging for the Saudi Arabian specimens, we are starting the next material in our queue, the Argentina, Russia, and Costa Rica Global Malaise Projects. Continue reading “Microscope Imaging And Plankton Sampling”

Aquatic Invertebrate Identifications


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Did you know that more than 95% of described animal’s species are invertebrates? We’re talking about 95% of the world’s animals not having a backbone! Owing to their huge numbers, invertebrates are a vital part of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Continue reading “Aquatic Invertebrate Identifications”

Barcoding the Mussels of Ontario


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When we think about the most exciting creatures Canada has to offer, your first thought does not immediately jump to the freshwater mussel. That’s what I thought too, until I started learning about them. My name is Kareina D’Souza and I have loved animals my entire life, which is why I pursued a degree in Zoology from the University of Guelph. Continue reading “Barcoding the Mussels of Ontario”

From No Trees to Old Growth Forests; A Goodbye


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Hello again!

Today was our first sunny day in a while, so we were a little more energetic as we serviced our sites, and headed towards a place called Grice Bay for some sampling. We ended up doing some aquatic collecting in the bay, close to where a fresh water river poured into the salt water to pick up a variety of hermit crabs, snails and isopods. Continue reading “From No Trees to Old Growth Forests; A Goodbye”