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The Greater Muskwa-Kechika - Building a better network for protecting wildlife and wildlands

 The Greater Muskwa-Kechika - Building a better network for protecting wildlife and wildlands
(August 21, 2019)   -   The mountainous Muskwa-Kechika area of north-central BC is a stronghold for wildlife that needs further protection. At a time when science is telling us that we need to protect big wild areas, the Muskwa-Kechika represents a tremendous opportunity to take a bold new approach.

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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 16, 2019)   -   We all benefit from healthy ecosystems and biological diversity. It should not be up to any one community to bear the burden of making long-overdue changes to the way we approach protecting wildlife and wild places. Justina Ray discusses the contentious issue of caribou conservation in British Columbia.

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Ontario turns Endangered Species Act into an empty shell

Ontario turns Endangered Species Act into an empty shell
(May 10, 2019)   -   Dr. Justina Ray, WCS Canada President, provides comments on the changes made to Ontario's Endangered Species Act as the U.N. releases a scientific report detailing Earth's biodiversity crisis.

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Tiny Songbird Makes Record Migration, U of G Study Proves

(March 19, 2019)   -   For the first time, University of Guelph biologists have tracked an annual migration of up to 20,000 kilometres made by the 12-gram blackpoll warbler, one of the fastest declining songbirds in North America.

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Across North America and the Atlantic, Documenting an Enormous Migration Journey for a Tiny Songbird

(March 19, 2019)   -   AMHERST, Mass. ­– Blackpoll warblers that breed in western North America may migrate up to 12,400 miles roundtrip each year, some crossing the entire North American continent before making a nonstop trans-ocean flight of up to four days to South America. Now a new study led by first author Bill DeLuca at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and project lead Ryan Norris at the University of Guelph, Ontario offers details of the feat.

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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. In this piece for the Thunder Bay Field Naturalist, Matt describes how he found himself a wolverine expert, and the challenges and rewards he faces trying to conserve the species in the field. Read Matthew's article in Nature Northwest here

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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!Read more on the&nb...

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