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“Field Notes”: Monthly Newsletter Focuses on Current Research in Circumpolar North

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Keep track of polar field service activities through the newsletter of the National Science Foundation’s arctic logistics contractor: VECO Polar Resources (VPR). Involved in over 100 research projects in Canada, Greenland, and the Circumpolar North, VPR provides transportation, field equipment, camp management, and safety training for field researchers through a global network of service providers. [...]

Alex Janvier and Kenojuak Ashevak Receive Governor’s General Award for 2008

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Alex Janvier and Kenojuak Ashevak are recognized for a lifetime of artistic achievement by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor’s General. Alex Janvier was born on the Le Goff First Nations Reserve in northern Alberta, and has over 40 years of experience in the arts and education. He was appointed Member of [...]

“Water is a big part of our Life”: Naats’ihch’oh National Park Reserve on the South Nahanni River

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

The Sahtu Dene and the Canadian Government announce plans for a new National Park Reserve in the headwaters of the South Nahanni River. The land withdrawl covers 7,600 square kilometers, and includes two familiar landmarks to wilderness canoers: Moose Ponds and Mount Wilson. The area has long been recommended for conservation by the Sahtu Dene, [...]

Second Annual Qimualaniq Quest, Baffin Island

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Three women finish in top spots on the second annual Qimualaniq Quest on Baffin Island: Lynn Peplinski (1st), Siu-Ling Han (2nd), Sarah McNair-Landry (3rd). The round trip of 320 km follows the Soper River, and passes over hilly and rocky terrain from Iqualiut to Kimmirut and back. Blizzards and white-out conditions set a slow pace [...]

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08EN001: Nunavut Impact Review Board Approves Uranium Exploration Proposal for North Thelon Basin and Beverly Caribou Calving Area

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Located 155 kilometers northwest of Baker Lake, Bayswater Uranium proposes a two year exploration program that includes 30 drill holes and 10,000 meters of diamond drilling in the North Thelon Basin. According to the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board (BQCMB), “Permit 2 block, the camp location, and the airstrip location are all proposed on [...]

Sounds of Spring: Snow Geese on Annual Migration to Arctic Breeding Grounds

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Birders show up at Freezeout Lake in Northern Montana, and reflect on annual migration of Snow Geese to breeding grounds in the North. Terra, an on-line video podcasting site, features sights and sounds of the migration. An estimated 300,000 Snow Geese and 10,000 Tundra Swans make the trip, and stop over at Freezeout Lake (a [...]

New Ornithology Resource for the Boreal Forest

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

A new birding resource for the boreal forest arrives on bookshelves: Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001-2005. The Boreal Bird Blog describes it as a must have resource: “On the most fundamental level, the Atlas is a tremendous resource in answering the question, ‘What birds are Boreal birds’ … Each written account contains [...]

An Ethno-Historical Cantata Tells Story of Ascencion Solorsano de Cervantes (1854-1930)

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

The cultural history of the Amah-Mutsun (“San Juan”) Tribe is the subject of a new collaboration between librettist and mezzo-soprano Helene Joseph-Weil and composer Benjamin Broom. Set out in 14 scenes, and involving multi-media displays and spatial sound effects, the two hour cantata tells the story of Ascencion Solorsano de Cervantes (1854-1930), the last fluent [...]