COVID-19 has brought us unprecedented health and economic challenges. It will test the resolve and resiliency of each Canadian and our nation. Crises have a way of unveiling truths, flaws and misconceptions in any society. Our immediate crisis is reinforcing the importance of family, community, health care and food security. But at the root of the current crisis is our relationship with other species that share our planet. National Wildlife Week is an opportunity to reflect on how we value all species, and our connections to the natural world. The good news amid the current crisis is that while society adapts to a new normal, nature is continuing to provide us with critical services. Wetlands are filtering drinking water and holding back floods. The roots of willow and cottonwood are binding soil and keeping it from eroding along rivers and streams. Budding urban trees will soon ramp up their service of purifying air and shading our streets and homes. All point to nature’s critical role in our well-being. And that we need nature’s services now more than ever. Many of the fruits and vegetables grown in Canada are pollinated by non-native honeybees that are shipped around the world. As […]

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