I had a call this week with Todd Hunter, birder extraordinaire. He was telling me about the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, which has plans to monitor all the plants and critters on a 20km by 20km grid that covers the entire province. Todd’s job is to identify birds. Instead of going into the field, like he used to do, he listens to field recordings at home. Fancy microphones make it possible for him to situate the birds in space and to make a diagram of where they are. He says it’s kinda nice to sit at home and imagine himself out where the wild things are.
“Before the jury decides on a shortlist and winner for each cycle of CBC Literary Prizes, all of the entries received in each category are carefully winnowed down to a longlist by a team of readers who themselves are published Canadian authors. Jennifer Kingsley was a reader for the 2015 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. In her own words, she tells us how the experience reshaped her map of Canada.”
“Meet the Elverums,” a documentary that I made for CBC’s the Sunday Edition, has won first place in the Radio Documentary, National Release category at the Gabriel Awards. It’s about a family in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada, and I worked with documentary maker Dick Miller and the show’s documentary producer, Karen Levine, to create it….
The Premise: Four million people live above the Arctic Circle and many more make up the world’s northern cultures. For those of us who are travelers, visitors or guests, going north may feel like a trip into the unknown. Perhaps you are wondering how to prepare for life way up there. So what do northerners…