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This photo was taken at 3pm, when the weather app on my phone rudely informed me it “felt like” 39°C. Multiple people asked me if I was okay, on account of my bright red face and pools of sweat rolling down it. Unfortunately, I don’t have the option of wearing shorts and a t-shirt like my male counterparts, so this will be the new norm for me. Ah, the tropics!

What to expect when you’re expecting (…a successful fieldwork season).

By Aisha Uduman I am currently in Sri Lanka, at the start of my fieldwork season investigating ecological and social dimensions of leopard-livestock conflict in two rural dairy farming communities. The last few months have been a whirlwind of courses, project and proposal finalisation, grant writing and fieldwork prep, so I thought it would be […]

It’s all about the bling! Tracking urban deer to manage human-wildlife conflicts.

It’s all about the bling! Tracking urban deer to manage human-wildlife conflicts.

By Joanna Burgar It’s just another winter morning in Oak Bay, temperatures hovering around zero, the first hint of sunlight peeking out…and a group of wildlife bios, a couple of vets, and members of the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society congregating in a parking lot. As you do, when the dawn plans are to stealthily search […]

When is a big cat not a “Big Cat”?

When is a big cat not a “Big Cat”?

By Joanna Klees van Bommel Let’s talk taxonomy. The decision to put species into defined groups is often straightforward and logical (vertebrates vs invertebrates), and occasionally arbitrary (barren-ground vs woodland caribou); but, in some cases, it’s a source of confusion. I study cougars (Puma concolor), also known as mountain lions, pumas, deer tigers, and many, […]

How to trap a small wild cat in 15 days?

How to trap a small wild cat in 15 days?

  By Cindy Hurtado   If you ever wrote a grant application, you are familiar with the type of questions asked. In 2015, as part of a felid conservation project, Alvaro García-Olaechea and I were naively writing a grant to study pampas cat (Leopardus colocolo) in the Sechura Desert of northern Peru, and we were asked […]

Breaking through the Bog

Breaking through the Bog

A tale of field work in Alberta’s boreal forest by Erin Tattersall The helicopter lifts into the sky, blasting us with an icy wash of winter air and snow crystals. As the engine’s roar fades into the distance, we trudge across the frozen ground, each step a struggle to avoid sinking into the waterlogged sphagnum. […]