National Geographic - U of A naturalist John Acorn comments on the citronella ant, a species that defends itself by spraying formic acid at would-be predators. Formic acid tastes and smells like citric acid, giving rise to a fresh, lemony scent
St. Albert Gazette - St. Albert’s warm winter and early spring could spell trouble for local birds, plants, and farmers, say experts. All that warmth caused spring to arrive exceptionally early in the Edmonton region, reported University of Alberta plant ecologist Elisabeth Beaubien, who co-ordinates the Alberta PlantWatch program.
Edmonton Journal - Compelled by government requirements, several energy companies with operations in Alberta’s oilsands have constructed fake lakes nearby to replace fish habitat their companies have destroyed. It’s not enough to dig a pit, fill it with water and leave, says U of A biologist Mark Poesch, who heads a high-tech project that attempts to optimize a so-called “compensation lake” for arctic grayling.