In honour of Canada Day, we wanted to highlighted some of the cool, interesting, funny, or neat stories about fieldwork in Canada that we have shared on Dispatches from the Field over the years. Our blog tells stories from fieldwork happening all across the country, and also across many different species. We do truly live in a great country – check out these blogs for yourself!
Beginning in the west, Catherine D. shares why everyone loves bluebirds in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia,
Julia S. shows us the varied habitats of Alberta’s boreal forest,
and Krista C. shares her adventures in the Land of Living Skies in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan.
From the great white North, Michelle V. explains how she prepared for polar bear fieldwork.
Julia C. and Rachael H. share their hilarious (sorry Julia) beaver story from the Muskoka region of Ontario where they almost flip the canoe, while Melanie S. explains how help is always where you least expect it.
Southern Ontario is quite busy with field biologists, with Jenna S. running around in fields chasing butterflies, Toby T. listening for what the bat said, and Amanda X. searching for snakes on a [fragmented] plain.
Fieldwork is very popular at the Queen’s University Biology Station in southeastern Ontario. Amanda C. spends her nights at the symphony listening to the frog chorus,
Amanda T. collects beautiful wildflower seeds (being both wonderful and disastrous at the same time),
As we head to the east coast, Michelle L. shares what it is like to collect salmon eggs in New Brunswick…in the winter.
We will leave you with a short variation on a great song:
This land is your land, this land is my land,
From the Arctic Circle to the Great Lakes waters, (or what to do with your not so “down time” in Nunavut with Kathryn H. to getting stuck in beaver pond sampling aquatic invertebrates in Muskoka with Alex R.)
This land was made for you and me.