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Commentary: Burning wood for energy is not a climate-friendly policy

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Commentary: Burning wood for energy is not a climate-friendly policy
(January 10, 2020)   -   Don Reid and Hilary Cooke, based out of the Whitehorse office of WCS Canada explain why biomass energy, or wood burning, isn't a green alternative.

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Warmer, wetter climate benefits some birds as wetlands vanish

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Warmer, wetter climate benefits some birds as wetlands vanish
(November 04, 2019)   -   The grasslands of the Canadian Prairies are a hidden gem for bird watchers, with millions of migratory birds passing through the area each year. But they are also one of the most transformed landscapes in the world, vanishing more quickly than the Amazon rainforest. Our new study found that climate change is affecting birds and aquatic insects more strongly than the temperature and precipitation in a given year. 

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Commentary: Change is on our doorstep

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Commentary: Change is on our doorstep
(October 08, 2019)   -   Yukoners are fortunate to be surrounded by wildlife in our daily lives. We could casually dismiss reports on the biodiversity crisis as irrelevant to Yukon where our wild nature is flourishing. That would be short-sighted and even dangerous. Change is on our doorstep. 

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What’s the Best Way to Welcome Bats to the Neighborhood? The Goldilocks Approach.

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What’s the Best Way to Welcome Bats to the Neighborhood? The Goldilocks Approach.
(September 27, 2019)   -   Recent observations suggest possible problems with bat houses, and a need to revisit artificial roost structures. In fact, existing approaches may only meet some of the varied needs of bats and could, in some cases, create death traps in a rapidly warming climate.

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Muskwa-Kechika: An opportunity for bold conservation action

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Muskwa-Kechika: An opportunity for bold conservation action
(September 24, 2019)   -   Wildlife Conservation Society Canada has mapped a larger and better-connected network of protected areas across the Greater Muskwa-Kechika. The result is a proposal to essentially double the existing area of protection. That may sound like a recipe for conflict with loggers and miners, but in reality, our proposed network has been carefully designed to avoid the few areas where there is any tangible interest in resource development. 

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The Unseen Threat: Noise in the Arctic Marine Environment

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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