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The Unseen Threat: Noise in the Arctic Marine Environment

The Unseen Threat: Noise in the Arctic Marine Environment
(June 07, 2019)   -   Increasing levels of underwater noise threaten Arctic whales, seals, fish and other species. A new report offers an opportunity for Arctic nations to lead on the issue.

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Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection

Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection
(June 04, 2019)   -   Canada has committed to protecting 17% of our land base by 2020. So far, we're only at 10.7%. We also need to do a better job of identifying areas that are well suited to protecting biodiversity. That is why we are excited to launch a new conservation tool called Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Canada. Identifying Key Biodiversity Areas can help us pinpoint areas that serve many different species or that are highly unique and/or under severe threat. 

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Burned and beetle-killed forests need protection too

Burned and beetle-killed forests need protection too
(June 03, 2019)   -   With forest fire season underway in Western Canada, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada has just released a timely report on the ecological value of burned and beetle-killed forests.

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Saving our caribou forces us to face tough questions

Saving our caribou forces us to face tough questions
(May 21, 2019)   -   Recovery planning for endangered caribou in the southern part of the province began 16 years ago and made little headway until very recently. But now just as governments finally (and belatedly) take steps to help herds that are, in some cases, on the brink of disappearing, a public backlash is building, driven by rumours of mill closures and closed backcountry areas.  

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The Birds That Are Helping Save Their Own Species

The Birds That Are Helping Save Their Own Species
(April 22, 2019)   -   A team of scientists and local collaborators are looking to blackpoll warblers for help in understanding the migratory route of one of North America’s smallest songbirds.

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Studying the Elusive Wolverine, a Threatened Species in Northern Ontario

Studying the Elusive Wolverine, a Threatened Species in Northern Ontario
(March 01, 2019)   -   Matthew Scrafford is the Wolverine Conservation Scientist within Ontario’s Northern Boreal Landscape program at WCS Canada. Matthew works with government, indigenous groups, and trappers to advance the understanding and conservation of wolverine in Ontario.

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Life Under the Ice

Life Under the Ice
(February 20, 2019)   -   With ice melting in Canada’s Northwest Passage, the area will soon be a new route for international shipping. This will have potentially big impacts on the life there. We are studying the area and planning for this with local communities, government scientists, and managers. For one part of that work, we are going to document the marine life in the western Canadian Arctic, in particular the remote and mostly frozen Viscount Melville Sound. Let’s look under the ice!

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Ontario’s review of Endangered Species Act must address long-term ecosystem damage

Ontario’s review of Endangered Species Act must address long-term ecosystem damage
(January 31, 2019)   -   Are protections for endangered species just another bureaucratic burden that is holding back economic development in Ontario?  

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Mapping the decline of Canada’s caribou

Mapping the decline of Canada’s caribou
(October 30, 2018)   -   All of Canada’s caribou subspecies have increasingly been in the news as the animal’s national population, which once numbered in the millions, has declined drastically and quickly to little more than a million today. Experts are concerned some populations may not survive the threats they’re facing. One herd, British Columbia’s South Selkirk, had just three females left in April 2018.

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A whale of a problem developing in Canada’s Arctic

A whale of a problem developing in Canada’s Arctic
(October 01, 2018)   -   The horrors of right whales drowning in tangles of fishing ropes and the alarming prospect of endangered orcas crossing paths with oil-laden tankers has created more than a few headaches for the federal government. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the feds have been forced to respond to public—and legal—demands that more be done to save threatened cetaceans.

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