Northward-bound bugs studied
‘Excellent barometers for environmental change’
(Originally published by CBC North July 6, 2010)
Canadian researchers have scattered across the North this summer to study insects not normally found in the region, like wasps and hornets, and figure out how those bugs got to the Arctic in the first place.
Biologist Donna Giberson of the University of Prince Edward Island has set up teams of graduate students in various northern communities to collect insects.
“If you see people swinging butterfly nets in the Arctic this year, this is basically the team that’s doing it,” Giberson told CBC News on a recent flight from Norman Wells, N.W.T., where one team has been based.
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