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Woman, Watching: The making of a midcentury amateur ornithologist

Called Canada’s Rachel Carson and Canada’s Thoreau, Louise de Kiriline Lawrence spent 50 years studying birds in a remote forest on the Mattawa River. An endlessly curious self-trained amateur, she changed the way we think about birds.

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Vanishing birdsong: How climate change is altering Canada’s soundscape

Indigenous conservationists are listening in to track the impacts of climate change on the boreal forest

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A Canada jay in flight with outstretched wings in southwestern B.C.


How the Canada jay got its name back

For decades, the gregarious bird of the northern forest was simply called the “grey jay.” Now, ornithologists are once again embracing the jay’s nationality. 

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