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What began as exhilaration quickly dwindled into despondency and frustration. The trill of Western Chorus Frogs, which we had spent hours driving in search of, had at first fallen on my ears like life-giving rain, yet now pierced me as a mocking call of defiance. We had found our first population of Western Chorus Frogs. The night was bitter cold, dropping below expected… Read More
An adult female Greater Short-horned Lizard that became ingrained in my family’s life. Photographed here just after consuming a grasshopper, note the “tobacco juice” on her lower jaw. This is not a post about research. This is a post about a single animal: an adult female Greater Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) that has been a part of my family’s weekly… Read More
With the arrival of spring, western chorus frogs (WCF) have started calling from their breeding wetlands within southwestern Ontario! For the past two years Blazing Star Environmental has partnered with Canadian Wildlife Service and Trent University to create a volunteer-based, long-term, range-wide monitoring program for the WCF in Ontario. We are excited to announce that this program has… Read More
The 2017 CHS conference in Brandon, Manitoba, found us in Western Hog-nosed Snake territory, a fitting venue in which to present an interesting past experience with Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes. It was purely observational, but intriguing and question-begging—one of those field encounters that makes you go Hmmm… Because of the Narcisse snake dens, no Canadian knows better than… Read More