You Live Where?

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by Alex Windsor Whether I am up north, or visiting friends and family down south, people frequently ask me, “why did you move to Churchill”? For those who know me, I am interminably cold. Growing up in southern Ontario, the hot summer temperatures and rays of golden sunshine meant nothing to my freezing fingers, ice-cube toes, or the multiple sweaters … Read More

Reflections on Summer Research

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Hello! My name is Emma Traynor. I’m currently finishing up my stay as one of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre Seasonal Research Technicians. In September, I’ll be heading back to Saint John, New Brunswick to finish up a degree at UNB in marine biology. As my time at the CNSC comes to a close, it’s hard not to reflect on … Read More

We’ve Got Worms (but not in a bad way)!!

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by Carley Basler, Sustainability Coordinator Some of you reading this might know (although most won’t) that I was the part-time Summer Research Technician in 2003 and 2004.  I was an Environmental Science Major at the University of Manitoba at the time and was learning a lot about living sustainably.  I was introduced to Red Wriggler composting worms at a waste … Read More

Fostering the Next Generation of Scientists

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Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) hosts several unique educational initiatives, from university field courses to learning vacations. In this blog post, I highlight one in particular: the Current Topics in Science high school course. This course is part of the 4+1 program developed by the Frontier School Division. This program is a modified semester layout that enables students from smaller, … Read More

Tree Island

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by Owen Fitzpatrick “You cannot interpret the shape of trees as anything other than a collective memory” (19-20) Jordan Mounteer, ‘Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)’ This could not be any clearer than at the northern limit of the boreal forest near Churchill, Manitoba. If you were to set off from the Churchill Northern Studies Center, on a bumpy and slow snowmobile … Read More

Kale and Conversation

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written by Carley Basler, Sustainability Coordinator We’ve been growing hydroponic leafy greens in the Sub-Arctic for over a year now.  Whether its 50 below or 38 above, we’ve kept our roughly 3000 plants alive and are proving that this is something that communities like ours CAN do.  We’ve cleverly named our produce Rocket Greens to pay homage to the CNSC’s … Read More

Celebrating the Kitchen!

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  Hi, my name is Sarah and I first came to work at the CNSC in 2001. At that time, I worked in the old building. It was quite an adventure. I have met people from all over the world and the staff have always been amazing. I came back in 2002 for aurora season and didn’t come back until … Read More

The Zen of Fuel Hauling

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written by Tomas Taylor, photos by Tomas Taylor “How was the trip?” “Good. The fuel got to the cache.” This is pretty much what we found ourselves replying upon returning home from our epic fuel haul trips, at a somewhat loss of words. 23 drums of fuel. 1000 km over bumpy snow drifted tundra. Nights spent at cabins in Wapusk … Read More

Lords of the Arctic: Fun for All Ages

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Blog post written by: Kelli Kandra, a volunteer during the 2018 fall season This past October and November, people from all over the world came to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre for their Lords of the Arctic learning vacation. One group, in particular, stood out thanks to two dynamic individuals: 98-year-old Rosemarie, who was traveling with her daughter, Frankie, and … Read More

From Lab to Field: Invaluable North Experiences

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My name is Morgan Dobroski and I am currently working at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre as a Seasonal Research Technician Intern. I grew up in southern Manitoba but permanently reside in Edmonton, AB now. I just recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science with specialization in Animal Biology. Growing up I knew I wanted … Read More