2012! Piecing Together A Murder With Bugs, Reviewing Eco-Pirate, and the Atlas Coal Mine Special

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Picture courtesy of Margaret Orr

This week in December on Terra Informa we’re travelling back in time to revisit three classic stories from 2012. First we are going to get away with murder— or we would, if it weren’t for those meddling bugs. Chris Chang-Yen Phillips speaks with entomologist Gail Anderson to find out how bugs can be used to solve murders; then David Karshen brings us a Green Screen review of Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson, and lastly Chris Chang-Yen Phillips talks to Mine Executive Director Linda Digby about ghosts in the Atlas Coal Mine.

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Piecing Together a Murder with Bugs

Piecing together a crime can be a messy business. Police can run up against unreliable witnesses, or destroyed evidence. But what if the animals around a body could tell you a story about what happened? Chris Chang-Yen Phillips has this story from forensic entomologist and Simon Fraser University professor Gail Anderson in Vancouver.

Movie Review: Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson

Today David Kaczan brings us a Green Screen Review of Eco-Pirate. This enviro-documentary from Vancouver’s Trish Dolman focuses on Paul Watson, founder and leader of the controversial ocean-going activist group, Sea Shepherd. Is it green screen gold or garbage? To help you decide, here’s our critical take.

Atlas Coal Mine Special

With abandoned mine shafts and shadowy equipment looming all around you, Drumheller’s old coal mine sites can be creepy places at any time of the year. But the Atlas Coal Mine goes even further at Halloween – into the paranormal. In 2012 Chris Chang-Yen Phillips called up then-Mine Executive Director Linda Digby in Drumheller, Alberta to hear more about their haunt for a good time – and the true stories that inspired their Halloween extravaganza.

What’s Happening

The Christmas Bird Count

This year, you could join the 116th Christmas Bird Count . It’s the largest citizen science activity in the world, and the local Edmonton count occurs this Sunday, December 20th. Once registered, you’ll discover your zone and meet up with other birders, an experienced birder adding the data you collect into the immense database managed and analyzed by the  National Audubon Society  and  Bird Studies Canada.

Thousands  of  Christmas  Counts  occur  around the world and Edmonton holds the world record for participants for any count, anywhere.

 

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