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Venom or Poison?

What is the difference? Often the terms “poisonous” and “venomous” are used interchangeably depending on where you are in the world and what nature documentary you happen to be watching.  However, when it comes...

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Why Don’t We Eat Bugs in North America?

Thousands of years ago large mammalian animals became domesticated to haul, provide meat, leather and milk products and agriculture increased the ability for a sedentary life leaving behind the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Today this hunter-gatherer...

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The Day I Spied on the Honeybees

As a new-bee beekeeper (pun intended *wink*) and a long time lover of all things bee, I wanted to see how my hive’s activity changed over the course of a typical summer day.  So,...

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International day of mosquitoes

The days of mosquito-borne diseases might be numbered …. August 20th was the international day of mosquitoes. These small insects might be a nuisance for us in northern Ontario, but in other parts of...

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Discovering Gemstones – August Edition

August’s birthstone, peridot, comes from the mineral olivine, which is found in meteorites! The peridot colouring ranges depending on the proportions of iron and magnesium in its mineral structure. Iron-rich peridot appears more brown,...

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World Elephant Day

Facts about elephants… There are two living species of elephant: the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the Indian elephant (Elephas maximus). They are the largest land mammals on Earth, weighing on average 6,000 kilograms....