A female black widow spider spins her web. (Photo: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Female black widow spiders are known for the rather cruel treatment of their mates; the ‘widow’ in the name gets its origin from the female spider’s unromantic habit of eating her partner after mating. However, according to a new study released this week, there may be black widowers as well.
Visitors assemble an igloo, part of an installation for the National Film Board. Click on the image to view a slideshow of the festival. (Photo: Chuck Clark)
Intertwined, two creatures dig their heels into the ground, push their heads together and shove each other as hard as they can. As they challenge one another, threatening grunts and squeals escape them. Surprisingly, these are not two animals fighting to the death to defend their right to breed, but two educators at the Canadian Museum of Nature demonstrating a traditional Inuit children’s game called “Muskoxen fight.”
Storm chaser George Kourounis will be speaking in Ottawa on April 24, 2013.
On April 24, 2013, join storm chaser and global adventurer George Kourounis as he showcases his most harrowing adventures, and misadventures, from his travels to the most remote and dangerous places on Earth to document extreme forces of nature such as tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, avalanches and deadly caves.
Frantic calls to Parks Canada’s dispatch line from concerned park visitors sent Alex Taylor — a Parks Canada human-wildlife conflict specialist in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks — to a spot along the Trans-Canada Highway where a mother lynx and her kitten were lingering next to the fencing meant to protect wildlife from becoming road kill.
Paul Nicklen's photo of emperor penguins won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. Click on the photo to view more winners.
Canadian Paul Nicklen’s stunning shot of emperor penguins surfacing amongst trails of bubbles has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year international photo contest, beating out more than 48,000 other entries.
The winning photos are now on exhibit at the Royal BC Museum until April 1, 2013. The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of Natural History in London, U.K, which organizes the annual competition.
A panel of 15 judges named Nicklen’s photo the Overall Winner of the competition.