The foot of South Twin lake near Millinocket provides a beautiful sightline for Mt. Kathadin, Maine's highest peak.
The foot of South Twin lake near Millinocket provides a beautiful sightline for Mt. Kathadin, Maine's highest peak.
Lawrence J. Burpee, “Trading Posts and Canoe Routes,” [1:27,000,000] An Historical Atlas of Canada (Toronto: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1927), Map 64.
Lawrence J. Burpee, “Trading Posts and Canoe Routes,” [1:27,000,000] An Historical Atlas of Canada (Toronto: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1927), Map 64.
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick Stone's Studio photographs: P342-14159A-1
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick Stone's Studio photographs: P342-14159A-1

New Issue of Scientia Canadensis on Energy and Society in Canada

Hamilton Gas Lighting Co. Source: Library and Archives Canada,  3282027.

The most recent issue of Scientia Canadensis  is now available (Volume 37, no. 1-2). This issue focuses on energy in Canadian society. Readers with institutional subscriptions can access the new issue here. […]

A New National Park in Maine? New England’s Second Nature and Second Culture

The foot of South Twin lake near Millinocket provides a beautiful sightline for Mt. Kathadin, Maine's highest peak.

As summer winds down, academia collectively returns to a more focused routine. Research trips, conferences, and well-deserved time spent with family shifts to classes taught or taken and papers, written […]

“Do Not Want Hippies, Motorcycles or Catholics”: The Public’s Vision for Fish Creek Provincial Park, 1974

Fish Creek Park Western Trails. Source: bigdoer.com

I have written on numerous occasions, even fashioned an entire article, on the necessity for park historians to bring the voice of the general public to the forefront of park […]

“Teaching EH: Canada in Context” series launched

Lawrence J. Burpee, “Trading Posts and Canoe Routes,” [1:27,000,000] An Historical Atlas of Canada (Toronto: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1927), Map 64.

Just in time for the new school year! The journal Environmental History has launched Teaching Environmental History: Canada in Context, an open-access series of 8 teaching modules containing resources aimed to help university, […]

Encountering Environmental Imagery from the Present and the Past

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick Stone's Studio photographs: P342-14159A-1

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared at http://markjmclaughlin.com. A few Christmases ago, my partner’s parents gave us a promotional magnet for the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, pictured here on our […]

Editors’ Picks, 2014-15

Lying otter looking back, Tambako the Jaguar, Flickr.

As a new academic year approaches, it seems fitting to pause and appreciate, once more, the many terrific posts that we’ve been fortunate enough to publish here at The Otter ~ […]

The Herbarium: An Interior Landscape of Science

Photograph of /Syzgium guineese/ collected in Malayasia in 1954 for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of posts considering the intersection between environmental history and the histories of science, technology and medicine. Previous posts can be found here. […]

Ninety Acres

Sadie, goats, & sheep, New Argyle farm, PEI, 2014.

In 1838 or thereabouts, my great-great-grandparents Duncan and Sarah MacEachern bought ninety acres in New Argyle, Prince Edward Island and opened it up for farming. An 1841 map locates the […]

CFP: 2016 Society for Military History Panel on World War I and the Environment in North America

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Richard Tucker, University of Michigan We are seeking papers for a panel proposal on “World War I and the Environment in North America” for the forthcoming 2016 Society for Military […]

Designing for the Future at Giant Mine

"Rust Keeps It Alive" by Scott Lough. Source: Flickr.

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared at the Toxic Legacies Project blog here on July 10, 2015. By Rosanna Nicol (Coordinator, Toxic Legacies Project) and Arn Keeling (MUN Geography) The […]

#EnvHist Worth Reading: July 2015

The town of Ste. Agathe, Man., is seen from the air showing the flood breach area in this 1997 photo. Source: Globe and Mail (Handout/CP)

Every month I carefully track the most popular and significant environmental history articles, videos, audio, and other items making their way through the online environmental history (#envhist) community. We are […]

Northeast and Atlantic Canada Environmental History Forum

University at Lewisburg, Union County, PA (1870), LOC

The 2015 Northeast and Atlantic Canada Environmental History Forum will take place August 21 and 22 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The program, pre-circulated papers, and travel information are […]