Wildlife Conservation Society Canada’s Justina Ray wins 2022 Conservation Leadership Award

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Wildlife Conservation Society Canada’s Justina Ray wins 2022 Conservation Leadership Award
(November 01, 2022) SEATTLE—The Wilburforce Foundation announced today it is presenting one of four 2022 Conservation Leadership Awards (CLA) to Dr. Justina Ray — President and Senior Scientist of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada — for her ongoing work on science-based conservation policy and partnerships with First Nations across northern Canada. “Justina sets a powerful example for bringing science to policymakers in compelling, accessible ways that leads to conservation of cr...

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Ecological distancing and why knowing nature matters

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Ecological distancing and why knowing nature matters
(June 17, 2022) Read this Op Ed in the National Observer By Dan Kraus Watching birds can contribute to your happiness. As we make our way back to pre-pandemic life, it is important that we continue to foster these connections to nature. Photo by Robert Sachowski/Unsplash COVID-19 has made the value of our social connections clear. Distancing from friends and family has been important to avoid a virus, but breaking these ties takes a toll on the brains of social animals like us. The pandemic has ...

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With citizen science apps, amateurs and experts both expand their horizons

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With citizen science apps, amateurs and experts both expand their horizons
(June 17, 2022)   -   Canada is too big for researchers to track all of its flora and fauna. Nature apps provide valuable wildlife data for scientists, who return the favour by sharing expertise. Interviewed in this The Narwhal article is WCS Canada Scientist Peter Soroye.

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Indigenous perspectives bring ‘feeling and caring’ into conservation planning

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Indigenous perspectives bring ‘feeling and caring’ into conservation planning
(June 16, 2022)   -   WCS Canada's Jared Gonet shares his thoughts with Folio about why it’s vital to include traditional ways of knowing in conservation solutions.

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How each of us can help protect biodiversity as the Prairies warm

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How each of us can help protect biodiversity as the Prairies warm
(May 16, 2022)   -   WCS Canada conservation planning biologist Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle says protecting biodiversity as the Prairies warm starts in our backyards. Read more on CBC.ca

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This Pioneering Collaboration Will Open a New Window Into Bird Migration

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This Pioneering Collaboration Will Open a New Window Into Bird Migration
(May 16, 2022)   -   Pooling research from numerous international partners, Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative promises to paint the fullest picture yet of the awe-inspiring phenomenon of blackpoll warbler  bird migration. Included in this story is WCS Canada scientist Hilary Cooke's blackpoll warbler research conducted in Summer 2020 in northern British Columbia.  

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Ontario must proceed with caution in the switch to EV vehicles

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Ontario must proceed with caution in the switch to EV vehicles
(May 16, 2022)   -   Math first, dig later. In this letter to the Toronto Star, Susan Sheard cautions the Ontario government in their switch to EV vehicles,  referencing WCS Canada scientist Lorna Harris' research on peatlands and the Ring of Fire.

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Pour faire des voitures électriques, le Canada laisse détruire des tourbières

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Pour faire des voitures électriques, le Canada laisse détruire des tourbières
(May 16, 2022)   -   Les tourbières canadiennes sont de formidables pièges à carbone. Mais ces milieux humides sont fortement menacés. Un projet de mine visant à extraire des matériaux pour fabriquer des batteries de véhicules électriques est, notamment, vivement contesté. Lorna Harris, chercheuse de la Wildlife Conservation Society Canada se demande dans quelle mesure ce vernis vert n’est pas plutôt une nouvelle manière d’accélérer le business minier.

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Opinion: Government must make the case for mining in the Ring of Fire

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Opinion: Government must make the case for mining in the Ring of Fire
(May 16, 2022)   -   Conservation scientists Constance O'Connor and Justina Ray say success of mining projects depend on solid environmental assessments

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Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan confirms commitment to peatlands

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Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan confirms commitment to peatlands
(May 16, 2022)   -   Canada’s Emissions Reduction Plan reaffirms a commitment to “Investing in nature and natural climate solutions” through a $780 million fund to “conserve, restore and enhance Canada’s vast and globally significant endowment of wetlands, peatlands and grasslands to store and capture carbon.” In this article, President and Senior Scientist Justina Ray comments on peatlands as one of the greatest carbon capture systems on Earth.

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