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A Midnight Adventure with Ontario Wildlife Biologists

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A Midnight Adventure with Ontario Wildlife Biologists

The nocturnal world of southwestern Ontario’s wilderness is alive with creatures that thrive under the cloak of darkness. Behind the lens of a camera, amidst the tangled foliage and hushed whispers of the night, I feel most alive with my filmmaking gear.

Armed with a cutting-edge cinema camera and night-filming equipment, my filmmaking assignment on this evening involved filming research at a portable research lab set up deep in a dark forest.

As the hours slip by and the darkness deepens, the true essence of the wilderness reveals itself. Sounds fill the night air as the researchers, guided by their headlamps, make the rounds to test stidy sites. Following their journey, my cinema camera becomes a window into a world seldom seen, capturing fleeting glimpses of creatures whose existence is as elusive as the shadows that cloak them.

On this particular night, seasoned biologists are working with students from the University of Waterloo who are conducting research.

Amidst the thrill of discovery lies a deeper purpose — a commitment to understanding and protecting the delicate balance of nature. Through their tireless efforts, these Ontario’s wildlife biologists and future biologists are gathering critical data that will further shine a light on the interconnectedness of all living things.

Yet, for all their scientific rigor, there is a sense of wonder that pervades their work. Heading back from a capture site, the students show their excitement as they walk back to the portable lab with another animal to examine for its health and then tag before releasing it into the wild. The animal being studied tonight is a “Threatened” species, meaning the species lives in the wild in Ontario, and is not endangered, but is likely to become endangered if steps are not taken to address factors threatening it. The numbers of these animals captured tonight will not be abundant. It never is.

But what happens tonight, and what is learned, will help this species continue to live in these woods.

 

Gregg McLachlan
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