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

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

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 […]

Fish Creek Park Western Trails. Source:

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

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 […]

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.

“Teaching EH: Canada in Context” series launched

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, […]

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

Encountering Environmental Imagery from the Present and the Past

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

Lying otter looking back, Tambako the Jaguar, Flickr.

Editors’ Picks, 2014-15

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 ~ […]

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

The Herbarium: An Interior Landscape of Science

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. […]

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

Ninety Acres

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 […]

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

Designing for the Future at Giant Mine

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 […]

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)

#EnvHist Worth Reading: July 2015

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 […]


Parution: Blanc, Guillaume, Une histoire environnementale de la nation

Blanc, Guillaume, Une histoire environnementale de la nation. Regards croisés sur les parcs nationaux du Canada, d’Éthiopie et de France, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonnes, 2015. Cet ouvrage propose une […]


Aerial Views from TCA’s Vickers Viscount

Canada, as we all know, is really really big, and its sheer big-ness is often hard to scale down to something understandable. Southern Canadians, as Northern Studies scholars like to […]

Horseshoe Island, Great Slave Lake, June 14, 1.35am.

Next Stop YZF: Wetlands and Wildfires

Editor’s note: This is the final post in a five-part series about the environmental histories Jess Dunkin encountered while travelling from Ottawa to Yellowknife this past spring. Read the full #NextStopYZF here. Day […]