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Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Improving drones to study bats, birds and insects

A team at McGill University is looking to increase and improve the use of drones to study wildlife, specifically bats, birds and insects. The team has long been studying the use of drones for the observation of birds, but it »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

COVID-19: Avoid reverse infection-scientists halt field research on bats

North American scientists are being advised to stop field work with bats to avoid a transfer of the COVID-19 virus back into wildlife. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has sent an advisory to biologists there who do research with »

Health

B.C. man dies of rabies after coming into contact with bat

A 21-year-old British Columbia man has died of rabies after coming into contact with a bat on Vancouver Island, according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. The young man came in contact with a bat in mid-May and developed »

Arts & Entertainment, Environment & Animal Life, Health, International

Cuban vacation: Canadian warns of rare disease to be aware of

“Cave disease” Canadians, and many others, love to go to warm southern vacation destinations to escape less than enjoyable seasonal weather at home. A Newfoundland couple were overjoyed to have won a trip to Cuba in April. Instead of coming »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Did you know mosquitoes and bats were pollinators?

This week is Pollinator Week in Canada but also in the rest of the world. The celebration has been going on for more than 10 years now and it aims at focusing everyone’s attention on the important role that pollinators »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Bat warning in western Canada

White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in eastern North America and the western province of British Columbia wants travelers to help prevent the fungal disease from spreading to that province. It is asking people to check “to make sure »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Highlights, International, Internet, Science & Technology

White nose disease of bats reaches west coast

Biologists and conservationists in west coast British Columbia are now very concerned about ‘white nose syndrome” in bats. The disease is actually a whitish fungus that attacks the fleshy portions of bats, around their muzzles near the nose, hence “white »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Bats need natural habitat beside farmland: study

Bats are under threat in North America but new research suggests a way to help them survive. Bats are important because they eat huge quantities of mosquitos and other insects, sometime acting as a natural pesticide on farmland. Bat numbers »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Government recognizes die-off of bats

The federal government has just listed three species of bats in Canada as being “endangered”. Bat populations in eastern Canada have been devastated by a fungus known as “white nose disease”.   It first appeared in New York state in 2006 »

Environment & Animal Life, Health

Boom in mosquitoes, and possibly West Nile virus, expected in Canada

Much of Canada has had a cool and wet spring and early summer. Flooding in many areas has also left a vast number of standing pools of water, perfect breeding grounds for the nasty pests all across the country.  Now »