Nunavik Sentinels preparing for insect research season – Nunatsiaq News
Apr 29, 2022
Participation of locally employed researchers helps understand northern biodiversity, program co-ordinator says
Discovering insects in places where they don’t usually live is what has the Nunavik Sentinels eager to return to northern Quebec, program co-ordinator Amélie Grégoire Taillefer says.
On previous trips, researchers discovered a population of butterflies known as chequered skippers — or Arctic skippers — in Kuururjuaq National Park, 400 kilometres north from previously known populations. The Sentinels also discovered the presence of ladybird beetles — commonly known as ladybugs — a species of concern previously not known to be able to survive in extreme cold.
“Just knowing the species that are there, knowing what they are, what they need to survive, the information we need to protect them … that’s all important information to know,” said Grégoire Taillefer, the Montreal-based co-ordinator of the Nunavik Sentinels program and an entomologist — or insect researcher — herself.
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