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”

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”

Sucking Up RARE Insects


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Hi everyone,

I’ve been working at BIO for a month now and am starting to get the hang of things around the lab. I’ve also been fortunate enough to spend a large part of this past week outside collecting insects and spiders. Continue reading “Sucking Up RARE Insects”

Adventures In The Lab


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Hi everybody,

As a first time employee for BIO, I’ve learned a great deal and had many first time experiences over the past two weeks. From learning how to tissue sample to my first time writing a blog, almost everything has been new and exciting. Continue reading “Adventures In The Lab”

Getting Caught in Glacier’s Web


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We’re finishing up our sampling here in Glacier National Park and it has been a great week! We are now in the Rocky Mountains and while the mountain scenery looks very different than the previous mountains it is just as spectacular. Continue reading “Getting Caught in Glacier’s Web”