Rules for Fieldwork

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Over our travels on tundra, water, ice, and through boreal forest, we have learned some simple rules to keep things running smoothly as a team of research technicians. While they are all guidelines, and a bit tongue in cheek, each one has a story behind it and offers a glimpse into our daily thoughts and lives. Please enjoy our “Rules … Read More

Lessons from an Amateur Birder

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By Danielle Chiasson When I moved to Churchill last year I was excited to walk the subarctic landscape and see plants and animals I had only ever dreamed about. Polar bears, belugas, arctic foxes, caribou! But when I arrived in mid-May, my first thought was “why are there so many darned geese around!?”. I had read about the large diversity … Read More

Signs of Spring

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A spruce tree in the Hudson bay lowlands after spring snow melt

Spring reflects signs of new beginnings. Flowers bloom and trees bud, but spring in Churchill looks a little different. Here we are at the beginning of June, still with snow on the ground, temperatures fluctuating between -5 and +5 degrees Celsius, and freezing rain dominating the last couple weeks of May. Despite winter desperately trying to stick around, spring is … Read More

Ice ice baby: First winter in the subarctic

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This year brought many new staff to Churchill Northern Studies Centre. We asked each of them for their personal take on their first winter in Churchill. Please enjoy seeing a subarctic winter through the eyes of these subarctic rookies.  Erica Gillis, Research Intern It was the thought of spending a winter in the subarctic that originally drew me to Churchill. … Read More

Winter Wrap Up 2020

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By Danielle Chiasson Now that the snow is melting in Churchill, the temperatures are creeping up above freezing, and the first migratory birds are passing through, we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on Winter 2020 before embracing the arrival of Spring. In February, visitors from around the world began to arrive in Churchill to experience the … Read More

A Semester in the Subarctic

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Jordan, looking out of an igloo she built during her semester in the subartic

My name is Jordan Amatuzio, I am currently an Environmental Studies student at the University of Manitoba. This winter I had the incredible opportunity to spend the final co-op work term of my undergraduate degree as the Programming Assistant at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC). When I first saw the posting for the position at the CNSC the idea … Read More

Four in the Far North

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Fieldwork in Greenland: Gracie with Saxifraga tricuspidata flowering in the foreground.

by Eric DeChaine, Professor of Biology, Curator of the Pacific Northwest Herbarium Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A. I am a naturalist at heart, striving to better understand the natural world: the diversity of species, their environment, and their interactions. Unfortunately, we are currently losing biological diversity faster than at any time in human history. So, the challenge is to … Read More

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