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What the f*** is biodiversity?
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 9: Native bees with Dr Sheila Colla
In this episode of What the f*** is biodiversity, Ann and Sheila talk about the important work of native bees in Canada and why they’re so critical for the environment and our food systems. Sheila also debunks some pretty common misconceptions about them as many species are solitary and don’t actually produce honey. She also shares how we can help support these important pollinators.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 8: The environmental sector in Canada with Bob Peart
In this episode of What the f*** is biodiversity, Ann and Bob talk about the environmental sector in Canada. They also discuss some of the amazing conservation initiatives taking place across the country and how he stays hopeful in the face of so much doom and gloom.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 7: Can beauty and aesthetics help save biodiversity? with Dr Hilary Leighton
In this episode of What the f*** is biodiversity, Prof. Ann Dale and Dr. Hilary Leighton have a wide-ranging conversation about whether the beauty and aesthetics of nature can help halt and reverse biodiversity loss. From ecopsychology and Aristotle to place bonding and reciprocity with nature, we catch a glimpse of their creative process as they brainstorm ideas for a new journal article.
20 minutes | 7 months ago
Giraffes with Anne Innis Dagg and Mary Dagg
In this episode of What the f*** is biodiversity, Ann, Anne and Mary talk about the beautiful and gentle Giraffe along with Anne’s amazing experiences researching their behaviour in the wild. They also talk about the challenges she faced as a woman in academia, how her daughter Mary is currently working to help protect Giraffes and their thoughts on the decline of global biodiversity.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 5: Connecting to nature with Brittany Gawley
In this episode of What the f*** is biodiversity, Ann and Brittany talk all about A Night for Conservation, how-to guide and empower people through experiential learning and how to help them form a deeper connection with nature. They also touch on sustainable fashion, provide some interesting insight into the charitable sector in Canada, and talk about what barriers people face when entering environmental activism and conservation.
45 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 4: Urban biodiversity with Nina-Marie Lister
In this episode of What the f*** is biodiversity, Ann and Nina-Marie talk about urban biodiversity. You may think of biodiversity as existing only in far-away places, but a lot of nature actually exists within our cities. And there are so many ways we can help it thrive, which in turn helps humans. From integrating nature-based solutions and green infrastructure into our municipal planning to providing access to green space in cities.
35 minutes | a year ago
Episode 3: Food and biodiversity with Dr Lenore Newman
In this episode of What the f*** is biodiversity, Ann and Lenore talk about the food we eat and how this impacts biodiversity. They discuss everything from the American Bison and the extinction of the passenger pigeon to our food supply chains, COVID-19, and the historic lunch that founded Canada. They also discuss the most sustainable diet, the merits of eating organic versus local, and how you can’t catch a virus from a plant. Lenore also sets the record straight about a very famous quote we are all familiar with, so make sure you listen to the end. Visit oursafetynet.org for guest bio and episode notes.
31 minutes | a year ago
Episode 2: Protected areas with Jeremy Guth
In this episode of What the f*** is biodiversity, Ann and Jeremy talk about protected areas, which are a major solution for biodiversity loss. They also discuss wildlife cores and corridors, wild animal crossings like the overpass in Banff National Park, and a design competition he launched for beautifying these structures. He also paints a picture of the scale of protected areas in Canada and what this momentous target could look like. There are many quotable moments in this episode so make sure you listen until the end. Visit oursafetynet.org for guest bio and episode notes.
47 minutes | a year ago
Episode 1: Soil biodiversity with Dr Valerie Behan-Pelletier
In this episode of What the f*** is biodiversity, Ann and Val talk about the incredibly biodiverse world of soil and how it connects to the ground above that we as humans inhabit. We rely so much on the work of many different arthropods, like soil mites, since these teeny-tiny creatures are an integral part of the soil food web. Wherever there is food or vegetation, there are soil mites. And without the vital work they do, the quality of our food would seriously decline. Visit oursafetynet.org for guest bio and episode notes.
2 minutes | a year ago
Introducing What the F*** is biodiversity
What the f*** is biodiversity? From bears, salmon and worms to trees, soil and fungi, biodiversity is the library of life. It is the diversity of species living in an area and the relationships we have with one another. Listen to the National Environmental Treasure’s new podcast hosted by Dr Ann Dale and narrated by Jaime Clifton-Ross. They chat with a variety of experts from the environmental field to learn about the incredible world of biodiversity, how it provides for us in our day to day lives, and what we can all do to protect it now.
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