Art + Soul

The Death Trap

How scientists are piecing together Alberta’s fossil record by exploring mountain caves.

Outlier: Surviving Beyond the Odds

How to stay lost on a glacier for ten days and drive rescue crews to insanity.

Flying on Ice

Niki Wilson gets our warm and fuzzies going with this little tidbit about a magical winter outing in Jasper.

Having Sex For a Month Straight is No Bull

The Rut is on baby! And in celebration of Elk Rut 2013, Niki Wilson shares an open letter to bull elk.

Two Biologists and a Boy: I Love the Latex Gloves

Geoff often unpacks his work backpack on the floor by his side of the bed. I don’t go over there unless I’m vacuuming, because what may look like random piles of textbooks, digital cameras, charger cords and, at times, large-gauge syringes is actually a secret system Geoff uses for keeping track of things he needs for the next few work…

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Two Biologists and a Boy: Under Alar’s Spell

Dylan lays in front of a lichen-speckled grey rock, his head resting on an old canvas army bag. Spread around him are the contents of the bag: an old tin, a tattered black and white picture of Mount Columbia, a bone-covered jackknife, and a very old black and brass telescope. Behind him, Parkers Ridge is lit by thousands of fuzzy…

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Two Biologists and a Boy: The Long Way Home

A couple of weeks ago, a young male elk ran us off the trail. It was the first time I’’ve been threatened by an animal while hiking with my son Dylan, and the only time I’’ve ever popped the safety off of my bear spray. It happened when Dylan and I were hiking with a friend, Tracy, and her daughter,…

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Two Biologists and a Boy: Road Swimming

June in the Rockies was beyond rainy, but some people still found fun amidst the floods. Highline columnist, Niki Wilson, captures a particularly unique activity that only a kid, or kid-at-heart could enjoy. -Highline “”My nuts are freezing!”” says Dylan as he strips down beside me. I know I am supposed to say something like “the correct term is testicles,…

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Two Biologists and a Boy: When an Animal Loses Her Young

I haven’’t really seen my husband Geoff for about three days. With the snow low on the mountains animals are forced into the valley bottoms, where they’’re running into people all over the place. These “interactions” are keeping Geoff – wildlife conflict specialist with Parks Canada – pretty busy. During a ten minute cross-over at breakfast this morning he told me…

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Two Biologists and A Boy: Slowness in Spring

Spring. Green shoots of grass jut from beneath their matted, hay-like predecessors. A confused flicker jackhammers the top of a streetlight to entice a mate. From across the cul-de-sac comes Ted Baker, carrying a six-pack en route to meet Jimmy Sutton out on the back green space, three doors down. If that doesn’’t confirm a shift in seasons, the fact…

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Two Biologists and A Boy: Running the Elk

Dylan and his cousin, Drew, watch from the front step as Geoff grabs the “elk stick”  – a hockey stick with multi-coloured plastic strips taped to the blade – and confidently moves toward the ornery bull elk. A member of Parks Canada’s wildlife conflict team, Geoff has a lot of experience with this sort of thing. It’’s the fall rut,…

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HI, MY NAME IS GIARDIA

Perched in front of the camera is a blue, stuffed “Giardia” a friend sent me last year. It has become a part of Dylan’’s stuffy collection, interacting regularly with Sushi, the squirrel monkey, and Sweet Pea, the panda.

Two Biologists and a Boy: Bee Safe

My six-year old son, Dylan, has developed a phobia of insects:— bees and wasps, in particular.

Erwin Chargaff of Genetics

In most cases, it appears like Romantic Days Celebration is all about women. We have the affectionate love notices which make the vacation particular for us, the bouquets, the goodies. Guys do not actually get these kinds of gift on what to have their dude for Valentines Day must be lot of females get trapped. This year will undoubtedly be…

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