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Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society

Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society

The Wild and Exotic Animal Medicine Society (WEAMS) is a non-profit organization operated by student volunteers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) and together with the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre, they provide care for injured wildlife and extoic animals. What follows is a […]

Burrowing Owls

Burrowing Owls

When moving into a previously occupied house or apartment, most will take time to spruce it up and make their new dwelling feel like their own. However, not even Martha Stewart is accomplished enough to tackle the challenge of dung-based home decor. Meet the burrowing […]

The Three Amigos And Steve

The Three Amigos And Steve

As the vehicle rumbles across the first of three teeth-rattling Texas gates a small herd of white-tailed deer scatter, bounding effortlessly along the ridge line. A quick stop to survey the land is immediately greeted by a hundred black-tailed prairie dogs playing a massive game of telephone. Each step requires an extra ounce of effort to free your boot from the suction of the sticky mud underfoot. The melting snow is quickly flowing off plateaus across the valley into the Frenchman River. The little ground between the vehicle and the plateau edge is riddled by colossal petrified reminders of  why you’re here, and one misstep will land you in some serious shit. The stretching prairie landscape in front of you is free of haze and visibility is seemingly infinite. The hardy sages and grasses remain lifeless, painting the landscape fifty shades of brown, waiting patiently to spring back to life. It’s still winter in southern Saskatchewan, though today you’d never know it. Standing at the edge of the steep cliff, eyes pressed tight to binoculars, you begin to scan the vast landscape in front of you. (more…)

Bison bison bison

Bison bison bison

Imagine yourself in Saskatchewan’s beautiful Prince Albert National Park in the middle of winter. The cold crisp air nipping at nose and cheeks. The winter sun low on the horizon, barely peeking above the treeline and providing little radiant heat. The recent snowfall hides the […]

It’s Not A Purse Its A Satchel

It’s Not A Purse Its A Satchel

As you join the grocery store checkout queue, patiently waiting for the pensioner to surrender his geriatric cat food coupon, a headline amidst the trashy tabloid rag rack catches your eye: “Ten Items in Every Purse”. The probability that all purses share ten identical items […]

Let Me Tell You About My Boat

Let Me Tell You About My Boat

A few years ago, there was a campaign lead by Tourism Australia, promoting “the best job in the world,” something about being a glamorized janitor on an island in the Great Barrier Reef. I would argue they were completely wrong about it being the best job in the world. For the past three years, I’ve had the best job imaginable. It’s been like Sunday-night Costco-sampling – trying those tiny little pizzas, that posh trail mix that no one can afford, and, if you’re lucky, tasty Captain Highliner fish sticks. (more…)

Athabasca Glacier

Athabasca Glacier

A few years ago I overheard a second hand story involving an Inuit whose logic is irrefutable. The story is that of an elder’s argument pertaining to climate change and the impact of scientific exploration. If two equal volumes of ice are placed in water, […]

The Badlands

The Badlands

If you know of Dr Alan Grant, you should visit Drumheller, Alberta at least once in your life. In Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, the fictional badass paleontologist is first introduced digging in the Montana badlands. For those dino-die-hards living in Canada, Montana might be rather […]

Spring

Spring

We’ve been enjoying spring for a few weeks now and in the lower mainland this is reaffirmed by cherry blossoms filling the boulevards as well as dominating every form of social media. However, they’re now so commonplace that even thise with the tightest jeans among us focus their sepia-toned-crooked-horizon-cameras on something other than the fluorescent foliage. Subtract a million or so people, add a wee bit of elevation, and the confirmation of spring looks a little different. (more…)

Up Close And Behind The Camera

Up Close And Behind The Camera

Over at the ol’ fish bowl the current promotion to entice visitors through the doors is called ‘Up Close’, it’s a chance to see and experience what goes on behind the scenes. One part of this promotion included the rebranding of graphics throughout the many […]