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At WCS Canada, we are working to help wildlife survive – and thrive – across our huge country. Our gorgeous new annual report captures both the beauty of wildlife and the challenges we face in ensuring their survival across Canada. From caribou to ice seals, we explain how WCS Canada scientists are using the insights gained from long hours in the field to shape conservation and land-use plans and to help species survive. We also look at how we can take action now to prevent big problems later, such as designing cutting-edge conservation networks for the still-wild Northern Boreal Mountains in Yukon or helping bats in Western Canada survive and recover after the arrival of a deadly disease that has already swept through eastern North America. Have a look at our wild world and please share this important work with your friends and colleagues!
The Ontario Government has developed a couple of important plans for reducing the province’s climate change impact and preparing the impacts already baked in by our rapidly changing climate.
Its Climate Change Action Plan identifies a number of actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These range from the creation of a low-carbon and zero emission transportation sector to reducing fossil fuel use in buildings and homes to developing carbon offset programs using managed forests and agricultural lands.
Because many of the impacts of climate change cannot simply be stopped in their tracks, the province has also developed a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy identifying a number of actions to increase the resilience of water, energy, waste, and infrastructure systems to extreme events, while also increasing the resilience of natural systems including the Great Lakes and managed forests.
WCS Canada scientists offered a number of recommendations to strengthen the Adaptation Strategy, including:
· Proactively conserve and protect habitat and expand existing conservation areas
· Reduce the impact of non-climate stressors such as forestry, mining, roads and other developments
· Address the cumulative effects of multiple developments and human impacts on ecosystems
Read more about our response here.
focuses on a 5 high level goals that acknowledge MNRF’s responsibilities, includes a commitment to science and research through partnerships, and prioritizes MNRF’s mandate areas that are at risk due to climate change impacts (e.g., forest management, wetland conservation, water management, species at risk). WCS Canada scientists offered a number of recommendations to strengthen the Strategy.
A joint effort between WCS Canada’s BatCaver and Alberta Environment and Parks has led to the discovery of the largest bat hibernation cave ever recorded in Alberta, outside the Rocky Mountains. This newly-discovered cave is being used for hibernation by several hundred Little Brown Myotis bats, listed as Endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. It is now more important than ever to discover new hibernation sites since the arrival of white-nose syndrome (WNS) to Washington State in March 2016.This discovery demonstrates that large hibernation sites do exist outside the Rocky Mountains, and similar caves may exist in other non-mountainous areas throughout the boreal forest.
WCS Statement on Rerouted Nigeria Superhighway (source:WCS News)
Bronx Zoo Opens Eastern Hellbender Exhibit (source:WCS News)
Photos and Quotes from WCS on Earth Day 2017/ March for Science (source:WCS News)