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Key Biodiversity Areas

Key Biodiversity Areas
(June 05, 2020)   -   One way to focus conservation efforts is by using a new conservation tool called Key Biodiversity Areas(KBAs). KBAs are areas with exceptionally high biodiversity values. KBAs may be areas important toendangered or rare species or ecosystems, sites that hold large aggregations of species at certain timesof the year (e.g. migratory stopovers for birds, or caribou calving grounds) or large ecologically intactareas with low levels of human disturbance.

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Thinking big to conserve small but important species

Thinking big to conserve small but important species
(May 21, 2020)   -   Through the Key Biodiversity Areas program, rare, endemic and underappreciated species are finally getting their due as important components of their ecosystems.

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Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19

Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19
(May 19, 2020)   -   The slowdown of human activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some surprising benefits for wildlife conservation. Can we keep them going after the danger has passed?

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Canada's ‘rich carbon sink’ peatlands need urgent protection, story map shows

Canada's ‘rich carbon sink’ peatlands need urgent protection, story map shows
(May 06, 2020)   -   Northern peatlands—the richest carbon sinks on the planet and epicentres of biodiversity—are in urgent need of protection from human development, the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada asserts, in a detailed “story map” that outlines why and how these “enormous carbon storehouses” must be preserved, with Indigenous peoples leading the way.

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It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands

It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands
(May 01, 2020)   -   Meg Southee, WCS Canada's GIS Analyst and Spatial Data Manager writes about the importance of conserving northern peatlands for Canadian Geographic.

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Zoonotic Pandemics - How to prevent them in the future

Zoonotic Pandemics - How to prevent them in the future
(April 28, 2020)   -   A presentation on the background of zoonotic pandemics, and how we can prevent them in the future by WCS Executive Director of Wildlife Health, Dr. Christian Walzer.

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10 Years of WCS Canada-W. Garfield Weston Fellowships!

10 Years of WCS Canada-W. Garfield Weston Fellowships!
(April 07, 2020)   -   With generous support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, WCS Canada has awarded annual fellowships to graduate students for the past ten years! This report summarizes the impact of the WCS Canada W. Garfield Weston Fellowships since 2009.

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COVID-19 and conservation: Planetary health has never been more important to human health

COVID-19 and conservation: Planetary health has never been more important to human health
(March 27, 2020)   -   Learn about what WCS Canada is doing to get to the root cause of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19.

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Can bats be saved?

Can bats be saved?
(March 25, 2020)   -   A wonderful piece written for the Canadian Wildlife Magazine that explores the challenges faced by bats, and what we're doing to help. Featuring WCS Canada's Dr. Cori Lausen.

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Engaging Science

Engaging Science
(March 20, 2020)   -   WCS Canada President Dr. Justina Ray has been named the inaugural winner of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution President’s Award for Societal Engagement! 

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