The Subreddit You Need To Check Out Today

So, today I’m switching things up a little bit.  Instead of giving you guys an article, I’m instead sharing with you all a PSA.  You see, on this wonderful thing we call the internet, there are many different websites.  What you are on right now, is just one of these things we call websites.  Now, these websites can be very different, and vary in what they house.  They could be for connecting people, selling things, sharing information, or really anything.  Take the Space Jam website, as an example.  That’s a website about the 1996 WB movie: Space Jam.  It’s also a website illustrating how far we’ve come since 1996 when it comes to web design and user interface, but that’s neither here nor there.  Today I want to share with you a subsection of the website Reddit.com.  The subsections, or subreddits as they are known, are each devoted to something different- and one of them is all kinds of awesome, and something you all be on.  That subreddit is: reddit.com/r/NatureIsFuckingLit/, and it’s all about sharing awesome clips of nature- and it’s so God damn awesome, it almost hurts (the clip above is the top rated post in the subreddit).  So instead of hanging out on our website today, do yourself a favour and check out https://www.reddit.com/r/NatureIsFuckingLit/. It’s seriously worth your time!

The Weekly Round Up: April 9-15

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  I don’t really have much to say this week as an introduction.  I wish the worst thing happening right now would be the fact that the Blue Jays have gone 1 and 9 to start the season.  Unfortunately, it seems like the whole world has gone insane.  I’m going to try and keep doing my thing though, so here’s you’re weekly dose of environmental news.  This week we had spiders, the beginning of life on earth, and spiders.  Seriously, there was more spider news than usual this week.  So let’s dive in. Continue reading

There’s More To Nature Than Its Looks!

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We’ve mentioned many times on our website that nature is made up of more than just nice panoramic photographs! Humans have been harnessing the energy of plants and animals since we have existed. Our relationship with our fellow Earthlings isn’t just based on food. We utilize plants and animals to create medicines and vaccines, we use plant fibers to create fabrics, and freakin’ whale vomit to make perfume!  Continue reading

Speaking To Scientists: Kristyn Ferguson

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We were very lucky to have a conversation with Kristyn Ferguson, a program director from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Kristyn is a Toronto-born nature lover who completed her BSc. in Environmental Science at the University of Guelph (Go Gryphons!). She has continued to work with the NCC across Ontario and is now living out her dream as Program Director in the Georgian Bay/Huronia subregion. Her candidness and passion for nature, poetry, and birding make her a joy to talk to and she has fantastic insights in regards to Ontario’s conservation initiatives. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: July 31- August 6

It’s that time of week again- it’s time for the Weekly Round Up!  Summer’s just hurtling by as we have our first August Round Up (it seriously still feels like summer’s just started).  We’ve got a bunch of news coming your way, so settle in with your cup of Joe, or tea, or oj, or whatever it is you enjoy to drink on a Saturday, no judgement here.  We’ve got happy volcanoes, snow in New Zealand, and superhero whales.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: June 5-11

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Do you live in the GTA?  Are you on your computer right now?  Well then get off, because there’s a huge BioBlitz going on in the Credit River Watershed that you should probably go to (like right now!).  For everyone else, welcome, it’s good to have you.  We’ve got tons of news for you, all the news you could want!  We’ve got pollution, and some new research, and some even more pollution! Hurray!  Too much pollution if you ask me.  That being said, let’s dive in! Continue reading

Featured Contributor Morgan Roblin: Land Trusts- Creating A Legacy Of Nature

With the passing of Earth Day last week, and the hype over the signing of the COP21 Paris Agreement, there has been a lot of discussion about the targets countries have set in order to decrease our impact on the Earth and limit global warming. Targets include, for many countries, decreasing carbon emissions. Many of these solutions include developing technology that reduce emissions, but the issue is, how do we take CO2 out of the air once we’ve put it in? We need carbon sinks. The simplest solution is nature. E.O. Wilson put it quite simply, maybe a little too simply, in his new book, proposing that we set aside half of the Earth for nature. Perhaps a bit optimistic, but why do we struggle so, to live in harmony with the planet? Change in land use management, protecting existing habitat, and restoring areas that have been degraded, have received little attention from the media, but “the land use sector is the only sector that can switch from being a net source of carbon to a net sink within as little as a decade.” (Justin Adams). This is where land trusts come in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: March 14-19

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Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  Your source fall all news environmental that may have flown under the raider, or maybe is so big that I can’t help, but talk about it (I mean the SeaWorld news this week is pretty big).  This week we’ve got some great news for cetaceans, our killer environment, GPS frogs, and mutant Alzheimer’s mice.  So grab a cup of Joe, and join me as we talk all about this week’s news! Continue reading

“Nature Connects” Exhibit Misses The Mark On Connecting With Nature

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I think we can all agree that it is important for children to experience the outdoors. I have very fond memories of playing in the snow, exploring the local ravine system, and digging a hole on a beach in hopes of reaching China. However, with more emphasis being put on technology and toys, some people are concerned that children are not getting outside enough. This leaves some groups coming up with creative, and sometimes unconventional, methods for encouraging children to experience the wonders of nature. Continue reading

Mother Nature Came Out Of The Closet!

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It looks like the Internet’s latest victim is Manny Pacquiao. Last week it was reported that Manny had made a statement opposing Barack Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage. However, the reason why it became an Internet feeding frenzy was because Manny was misquoted as referencing a section from Leviticus implying that all gay men should die or burn or something…honestly I gave up reading the Bible after my church only cast me as a shepherd in the Nativity Play! Seriously, you’d think that they would have seen the talent that they had in front of me and at least given me Joseph… but I digress. Turns out homosexuality isn’t just for the parades! Same-sex love-making behaviour is found all over the animal kingdom! So Manny Pacquiao – cover your eyes – because it’s about to get homo-licious up in here! Continue reading

Featured Contributor Dylan Munoz: Talking About The Earth In 22 Languages

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You must be so impressed to find that someone is able to speak 22 languages. Well let me start off by saying that I don’t speak 22 languages. You’re now probably wondering – “well why the title then…?”. My background is quite diverse, my mother hailing from metropolitan Germany, to my father coming from the mountainous regions of Colombia, and then myself being born of two nations finding some way to balance both contrasting ideologies.  In total I’ve travelled and lived in about 22 countries during my whole 22 years of being on this Earth – and let me tell you, the conversations about the environment are so incredibly different from one country to the next. Each uniquely articulated based on the culture, history, and political behaviours – almost like a whole new language. This difference in opinion is even quite evident to neighbouring countries. Continue reading

Mothers of Nature: Jane Goodall

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There are a long list of women who have inspired me, and Jane Goodall is at the top of that list! Born in London, England in 1934, Jane Goodall has created a legacy of becoming the world’s leading expert on chimpanzees. Her most famous piece of work was her 55 year long research project on the behaviour and family dynamics of chimpanzees, in the Gombe Stream National Park. Jane Goodall has transcended the role of researcher and has gained notoriety as an anthropologist, ethologist, activist, and public speaker. Admired by millions of fellow nature lovers, we will dive into the life and career of one of the best known names in environmentalism. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: January 11-16

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Bit of a shorter Round Up this week, but none the less an interesting one.  I mean nothing as crazy as a new epoch or women breastfeeding cats, but still enough to hold it’s own.  It’s been more of an interesting than crazy week.  Ontario’s got a new environmental commissioner, we’re trying to invent our way to a cleaner environment, and animal tracking is kind of really cool. Continue reading

Mothers of Nature: Vandana Shiva

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Vandana Shiva was born in Dehradun, India on November 5, 1952. Daughter of a forest conservator and a farmer, Vandana’s childhood was well rooted in the environment. A science-enthusiast, she had earned her master of science in 1974. She then travelled to Canada to complete an MA in the philosophy of science at the University of Guelph (shout out to my Alma mater!) and her PhD from the University of Western Ontario. Continue reading

January Conservation Series: Mothers of Nature

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The concept of Mother Earth can be found throughout history and in many different cultures, all around the world. It can be seen in Greek Mythology, where the Goddess Ge/Gaia (derived from the Greek word meaning “Earth”) was said to have created everything. Mother Nature also pops up in pre-colonial Mayan texts, where she often represents the collective destiny we share with all other creatures on Earth. It is seemingly obvious that we would attribute the environment with the sex that brings life to every human on this planet, but there are more connections than just giving birth, that connect women with nature. Continue reading

Featured Contributor Luana Manzano: My Love Affair With Nature

DCIM100GOPROI was always the type of kid who would go around saving land snails and playing with house lizards during my free time. As opposed to other four-year-old girls who obsessed over Barbie dolls and the latest Polly Pocket’s play set, I was too preoccupied over finding the right type of leaves that would help me create my snail sanctuary. Nature in its entirety has always been a passion of mine and it seems as though my love for the environment has been engraved into my DNA, seeing that I can’t seem to retell of a time where I wasn’t thoroughly fascinated with each new fact I learned about nature and its superiority. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 2-7

It’s that time of the week again: it’s the Weekly Round Up!  This week was all over the place.  There were steps forward in the fight to get people to realize that global warming is a thing- like Canada getting a Minister of the Environment and Global Warming as well as Canada’s scientists getting unmuzzled- but also steps backward- ignorance surrounding NASA’s Antarctica study.  There was also some really cool new eel and jellyfish research that could have some pretty neat biomimicry ramifications.  So, something for everyone- dig in! Continue reading

October Photo Contest Winners and Runners Up

We’ve completed our October photo contest (as you might have noticed considering our banner has changed) and chosen our two winners.  The winning photo for our new banner was submitted by Luana Manzano:  

And the winning photo for our thumbnail across our social media sites was submitted by Kate Powell:

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A big thanks goes out to everyone who submitted photos.  We go tons of incredible photos, and it was difficult to choose the two winners.  With that in mind, here are the runners up photos that almost made it: Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: October 26-31

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Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man!  Guys, guys, guys- big news!  People were talking about poop this week!  Like, professional people- it’s not just us anymore who talk about poop.  Sure, other stuff happened this week- processed meat is bad for you (no shit), we might need to “hack” the environment, and a guy prostituted out his dog.  BUT, lots of people were talking about poop, and really, that’s what I’m most excited about.  So here’s all the cool, crazy things that happened this week, and the poop research that got everyone talking! Continue reading

Featured Contributor Marina Rose: Bright Eyes For the Future

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In today’s day and age, we often times hear people talk about the younger generations and how much times have changed. We hear sayings such as, “kids these days are so lazy”, or how about, “when I was younger I spent all my time outdoors. Now the only things kids care about is video games and television”. It’s true that we have clearly seen an increase in childhood obesity and sickness, due to factors such as lack of exercise and appreciation for the great outdoors, and that yes, there are so many technological advancements, that children seem to get their daily activity by playing Playstation or texting all night. I am proud to say, however, that each year I get the pleasure of meeting young people who go against this so called “norm.” And although it sometimes is scary to see what has been happening to our planet, and the people’s attitudes whom inhabit it, I see a glimmer of hope through the young lives that show me they care. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: October 19-24

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Once again, nature continues to both amaze and puzzle us at the same time! Scientists were able to create a robotic insect, as well as link coral destruction to sunscreen, and a Coca-Cola bottle facility was charged with falsifying pollution data. In some good news, Oslo plans to ban cars in the city! But in some bad news, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency can’t work with dead fish… Enjoy! Continue reading