All posts by Niki Wilson

Science writer Niki Wilson lives in Jasper National Park, Alberta. Her writing about nature and the environment can be found at BBCEarth, BioScience, Canadian Wildlife Magazine, Natural History Magazine, and Canadian Geographic. She is a faculty member of the Beakerhead Science Communications School. Say hello at, or in the twitterverse @niki_wilson.
Bracyphylla cavernarum, fruit-eater bat. Photo by Lisa Sims.
What Happens To Bats After A Hurricane?

Bats play a critical roll in the ecosystem on the island of Dominica, but with climate change expected to spawn more severe hurricanes, understanding how the bats in this region are impacted by such extreme storms will be important to future conservation efforts.

Canada Geese
Divorce in Canada Geese

Do monogamous animals ever split up? Certainly, but a recent study on Canada geese offers some new insight into why it happens among this particular species.

Porcupine up a tree
Student Study on Porcupines in the 90s Informs Research Today

Porcupines might not seem like the best study animal for a group of high school students. With roughly 30,000 quills on their back, the idea of handling them is enough to make even a seasoned researcher carefully weigh the logistics. But read how one wildlife ecologist gave hundreds of students an opportunity to conduct valuable research on the porcupines of the Sandhill Wildlife Area, Wisconsin, between 1996 and 2010.

When Porcupines Live In Fear

Porcupines can live a long time — some up to 18 years. Yet it’s not always the carefree lifestyle one might assume given their prickly armor.

Living With The Enemy – How Some Birds Keep their Young Safe

American Spring LIVE: Episode 1 - Birth and Rebirth

Living With The Enemy – How Some Birds Keep their Young Safe

Every parent wants to ensure their offspring are safe, but certain birds have taken this desire for safety to a whole new level. Read on to see how some birds have taken to literally living with predators as a way to protect their young.

Did A Caribou Help Fly Santa’s Sleigh?

When a radio-collared caribou went missing from a study population in Canada last December, researchers assumed it had died or been killed. Then when it showed up again just days after Christmas, new theories of just where the caribou had been started circulating.