Biodiversity Brains

13 Questions | Total Attempts: 100

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Biodiversity Brains

The International Year of Biodiversity is coming to a close - see what you’ve learned about the biodiversity of the NWT!Please note: All are still welcome to test their biodiversity brains, however the time limit for GNWT employees to win a $50 gift certificate has now ended. Shirley Gau's biodiversity brain won her the $50 Co-op gift certificate. Congratulations also go to Tim Coleman, Gerald Enns, Bonnie Fournier, Rob Gau, Ken Hall, Heather Sayine-Crawford and Dan Wong, who also scored 100%.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The Northwest Territories is developing an ecologically based landscape classification for environmental assessment, cumulative effects management, biodiversity monitoring and reporting, forest resource analysis and planning, wildlife habitat evaluation and conservation, and protected areas identification. Which was the latest ecological ecoregion report to be released by the Ecosystem Classification Group?
  • 2. 
    Where does the word Taiga come from?
    • A. 

      Icelandic word for a northern climate

    • B. 

      Russian word for boreal forest

    • C. 

      Chipewyan word for a river beaver

    • D. 

      French word for small tree

  • 3. 
    Studies of sea ice in the Canadian Arctic indicate that while some areas are showing significant negative trends, other areas do not yet display trends or are increasing.  What month sees the minimum sea ice in the Arctic? 
  • 4. 
    Invasive alien species are recognized as one of the most harmful threats to native ecosystems and species.  Which of the species below is not an invasive species?
    • A. 

      Scentless chamomile

    • B. 

      Common fireweed

    • C. 

      White sweet clover

    • D. 

      Yellow sweet clover

    • E. 

      Amber-marked leafminer

  • 5. 
    What is a grolar? 
    • A. 

      A bird species at risk in the NWT

    • B. 

      A parasite of Dolly Varden

    • C. 

      A type IV ecoregion found in the Taiga Plains

    • D. 

      A hybrid between a grizzly bear and a polar bear

  • 6. 
    Which globally rare plant species are found in the NWT?  (tick all that apply)
    • A. 

      Drummond bluebell

    • B. 

      Hairy rockcress

    • C. 

      Nahanni aster

    • D. 

      Suzanne's Lobelia

    • E. 

      Raup's Willow

    • F. 

      Banks Island alkali grass

  • 7. 
    In which ecozone is Deline in? 
    • A. 

      Southern Arctic

    • B. 

      Taiga Plains

    • C. 

      Taiga Shield

    • D. 

      Taiga Cordillera

    • E. 

      Boreal Cordillera

  • 8. 
    Protected areas and land use plans are important tools for protecting biodiversity.  What  percentage of the NWT is in a protected area or Conservation Zone in a land use plan as of 2010?  
    • A. 

      4.5%

    • B. 

      9.5%

    • C. 

      14.5%

    • D. 

      19.5%

    • E. 

      24.5%

  • 9. 
    The Convention on Biological Diversity has three main objectives: 1. The conservation of biological diversity, 2. The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity, and 3. The fair and equitable sharing of the benef9its arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.  In what year did Canada sign on to the Convention on Biological Diversity?
    • A. 

      1972

    • B. 

      1984

    • C. 

      1988

    • D. 

      1992

    • E. 

      2004

  • 10. 
    Bonus:   Where was the Convention on Biological Diversity signed? 
    • A. 

      Kyoto

    • B. 

      Durban

    • C. 

      Copenhagen

    • D. 

      Montreal

    • E. 

      Rio de Janeiro

  • 11. 
    Several vein sweetflag (Acorus americanus) is a medicinal plant found in the NWT.  What is the more commonly used common name in the NWT?
    • A. 

      Rat Root

    • B. 

      Flu Flower

    • C. 

      Liver Leaf

  • 12. 
    Where was the last Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held (hint: it just happened last month)? 
    • A. 

      Stockholm, Sweden

    • B. 

      Fort Smith, Canada

    • C. 

      Nagoya, Japan

  • 13. 
    Extra Special Bonus Question: Pollinators, including bumble bees, are declining globally.  The genus name for bumble bees is Bombus?  
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False