Author: Tim Irvin

Tim Irvin is a naturalist and guide, and the Director of Wildlife Journeys, a wildlife tourism company that leads expeditions in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Wondrous, whimsical and inconceivable words for wildlife

Wondrous, whimsical and inconceivable words for wildlife

A leap of leopards. A prickle of porcupines. A romp of otters, an exaltation of larks. These terms are not typically very practical, yet the collective nouns used for animals are fanciful. And fanciful is good.

Not typically very practical, yet the collective nouns used for animals are decidedly fanciful. And fanciful is good. So are beautiful videos…

Captive wildlife and Canadian Geographic’s Best Wildlife Photos 2012.

Captive wildlife and Canadian Geographic’s Best Wildlife Photos 2012.

For twelve bucks you too can have a copy of this Collector’s Edition. It is a wonderful compilation of Canadian wildlife images, spanning a breadth of beasties from the creepy and crawly, to feathery, furry and toothy. However, you’ll also find photos of captive wildlife in the issue, including the cover shot…

Malcolm Gladwell writes brilliant books, runs fast and he just might be a nice guy too.

Malcolm Gladwell writes brilliant books, runs fast and he just might be a nice guy too.

I was working on a story recently about the explosion in running’s popularity in the past 30 years. The participation in running events in Canada and beyond is soaring. For example, the number of people running in the Ottawa Race Weekend increased by a whopping 337% between 2000 and 2010. Many races across North America are selling out months in advance of race day. You might say that running has hit a Tipping Point…

Spoil this?: Enbridge, oil and the Great Bear Rainforest.

Spoil this?: Enbridge, oil and the Great Bear Rainforest.

Since the Queen of the North sank on the central coast of BC in March of 2006 people have been nervous. The ship’s massive hulk is now 1500 feet underwater, still leaking diesel into coastal waters. With that tragedy fresh in people’s mind, the looming threat of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project has people on edge…

And the winner of the 2011 Great Northern Canada Writing Contest is…well, me.

And the winner of the 2011 Great Northern Canada Writing Contest is…well, me.

Ah shucks.

My story, Nowhere but North: a Case for Cornbread and Wolverines, took first prize in this years’ contest, hosted by the Northwords Writing Festival. The story was inspired by a fierce appetite and some unexpected events during a seven-week solo canoe trip in Nunavut…

Lake Huron sunsets: a nice job perk.

Lake Huron sunsets: a nice job perk.

One reason I have not been posting much on this blog lately is that I’ve had sporadic internet access while working in the field doing bird and amphibian surveys.

It has been a while since I’ve done some good old fashioned biology fieldwork and it is darn nice to be spending my days outdoors, away from my keyboard. Even nicer on evenings when I get sit on a beach and eat dinner while the sun sets over Lake Huron…

Stay calm. Do not make connections. Do not think about Climate Change, says Bill McKibben.

Bill McKibbon’s recent tongue in cheek Op-Ed in the Washington Post has been combined with gripping images by Stephen Thomson of Plonomedia.com to create a little piece of badly needed genius. When used well, a little sarcasm can go a long way towards creating a powerful message. Don’t miss this one…and spread it around.

Why we share stories

Recently my old friend Leeyann, whom I had not seen for 10 years, got in touch with me through my website. Besides being a wonderful person, she is a mom these days. It turns out that her two year old son, Thomas, was quite taken with some of the photos on my website, and Leeyann asked if I could send her some prints to hang in his bedroom. I was tickled happy by this idea…