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2000 Research Grant Recipient - Jean-Pierre Bombardier

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Mapping an urban oasis
Jean-Pierre Bombardier likes to spend his summers counting mosquitoes, reptiles, foxes and herons —all in the middle of Toronto.With the help of a grant from The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Bombardier and children from an environmental day camp produced a bioregional map of Morrow Park along the Don River East Branch. The map, which details the park’ s wildlife, vegetation, water quality and history, will help guide residents in preserving this oasis of green space. And, according to Bombardier, a fourth-year environmental biology student at York University, the mapping project was also an eye-opener for its young participants. “I was amazed to see how many of these kids were seeing deer for the first time,” he said. “They were actually fighting over my binoculars.”

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