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An aggravating and common problem on trips to the Far North is the sheer volume of mosquitoes. During the high season, the native wildlife, Husky dogs, and researchers alike are plagued by swarms of biting bugs. This image shows Twomey peacefully working on a clear summer day, but conditions were not always so pleasant:

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"Snow, wind, and bitter cold mean little to a Husky dog, but heat and mosquitoes make his life almost unbearable . . . I let sympathy get the best of me the first time a dog came nuzzling me, howling sadly and covered with bugs, but I soon discovered the high price of sympathy.

"As I brushed the mosquitoes from the dog, the whole mass made a rush for me. I did the howling then. Surprised, the dog lunged for the cave under the store, which was his only refuge, while I bolted up the steps to the workroom just above him, which was mine . . ."

Photo: Twomey at work preserving bird specimens on the Mackenzie Delta in 1966.

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