Can the Whitebark Pine Be Saved?

May 2019: Canadian Wildlife Magazine After turning the corner on a remote mountain pass north of Glacier National Park, I stop to catch my breath and gaze upon the emerald waters of Ventego Lake — encircled by imposing mountains with Mordor-like names, including Sorcerer, Mystic and Iconoclast. The first thing that hits me is the fierce September wind, which…

In Search of the Wolverine

December 2016: Canadian Geographic Wolverines are the essence of wilderness. High in the mountains, they lurk near avalanche paths and earn their Latin name, Gulo gulo (glutton), by gorging on half-buried animals and breaking bones with powerful jaws. They traverse deep snows with plate-sized feet and scale mountain summits so quickly it puts the world’s…

A Plan Comes Together

December 2015: Canadian Geographic After flowing some 1,200 kilometres from Canada’s Rocky Mountains, collecting runoff from the Prairies and Boreal Plains, the Saskatchewan River spills into a maze of channels that cut across the low-lying forests and wetlands of the Saskatchewan River Delta. At 10,000 hectares, it’s the largest inland delta in North America, and prime…

Mapping the Wolverine Way

Winter 2015/16 issue: Highline Magazine If you manage to haul a frozen, skinned beaver carcass up a remote mountain pass in the middle of winter, then nail it about two metres up a tree, you might just be lucky enough to attract a wolverine. That’s what researchers have been trying to do for the past…