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‘Bat boxes’ could help revive Canada’s depleting bat population

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‘Bat boxes’ could help revive Canada’s depleting bat population
(August 25, 2021)   -   Wildlife Conservation Society Canada and Canadian Wildlife Federation launch the Canadian Bat Box Project to help Canada's bat populations recover with the help of community scientists. 

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Environmental laws in Canada fall short of addressing the ongoing biodiversity crisis

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Environmental laws in Canada fall short of addressing the ongoing biodiversity crisis
(July 05, 2021)   -   Does Canada have what it takes to protect biodiversity? Our research suggests there is a lot of work to be done to close the gap between commitments and actions.  

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Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

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Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret
(May 25, 2021)   -   The far north in Ontario is an aquatic haven. At least 50 species of fish can be found in the Arctic drainage basin in Ontario. Connie O'Connor and Meg Southee explain how they predicted which fish species are where,  how they identified key areas for freshwater diversity and why we should protect these habitats.

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Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could help us protect them.

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Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could help us protect them.
(December 28, 2020)   -   Bats' ability to echolocate is an incredible innovation. It's also one that can help us protect them.

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Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean

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Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean
(December 17, 2020)   -   This article by WCS Canada scientist Dr. William Halliday explains how climate change is increasing the noise levels under Arctic waters, and why the increasing cacophony can spell trouble for belugas.

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Social for science: Using smartphone photos for research

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Social for science: Using smartphone photos for research
(November 16, 2020)   -   Digital and cellphone cameras are now so ubiquitous that millions of images are captured around the world every day. These photographs have the potential to achieve more than just wowing our friends on social media, however. They may also contain important ecological clues about our rapidly changing planet.

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It’s time to abandon the ‘detect and react’ approach to managing crises

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It’s time to abandon the ‘detect and react’ approach to managing crises
(November 02, 2020)   -   Health policies typically respond to environmental threats by dealing with the consequences, but we can't keep up with the increasing rate of emerging threats. We need to build resilient human and natural communities. 

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Peatlands: Vital for carbon storage and stewardship

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Peatlands: Vital for carbon storage and stewardship
(August 05, 2020)   -   Peatlands, a type of wetland, are unique ecosystems particularly noteworthy because of their unusually deep organic soils formed by thousands of years of waterlogged decaying plants and mosses. They are a vital resource – a filter for ensuring rivers run clean, a haven for wildlife and, as we now increasingly appreciate, a huge storehouse for carbon.

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Northern fish are tough, but climate change is causing some to dwindle

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Northern fish are tough, but climate change is causing some to dwindle
(July 06, 2020)   -   Northern stream fish come from a long line of hardy adapters. But the survival tools these fish have used for millennia — exceptional tolerance to cold, slow growth rates and long lifespans — could be a disadvantage as environmental conditions in the north warm and more fast-paced species move in.

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New framework identifies climate change “refugia” in boreal forest

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New framework identifies climate change “refugia” in boreal forest
(June 11, 2020)   -   A major research project from the University of Alberta and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada outlines pockets of Canada's boreal forest that may give wildlife more time and space to adjust to a changing climate.

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