Research, Toads, and Climate Change – a News Update

Grenfell Campus Research News Update

Grenfell Researchers Dr. Gabriela Sabau and Dr. Mumtaz Cheema featured in The Telegram and The Chronicle Herald – Climate change or climate crisis?

“Flood waters in Ottawa and fires in Alberta: the changing environment has politico’s in Canada debating on whether to declare a national emergency in regard to effects felt due to climate change….

The Telegram set out to ask people in the province, whose livelihoods depend on the environment, what their thoughts are — change or crisis — and if they have felt the effects.”

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Chasing the Gray-cheeked Thrush

A Gray-cheeked Thrush; Photo by Darroch Whitaker
A Gray-cheeked Thrush; Photo by Darroch Whitaker

The Newfoundland Gray-cheeked Thrush is a songbird found breeding across the island, part of the broader breeding range of the Gray-cheeked Thrush which extends across North America along the northern fringes of the boreal forest, and even into Siberia. These island birds have a story which stretches from Gros Morne National Park all the way to Sierra de Perijá National Park in Venezuela, where some spend the winter near the border with Columbia. But their story has not been so happy since the 1980’s, when thrush numbers began to decline on the island – unlike their mainland cousins who seem to be doing okay. Dr. Ian Warkentin, a Grenfell Campus environmental scientist, is working with collaborators, such as Gros Morne National Park’s Dr. Darroch Whitaker, to try and find out why their numbers have dropped.

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