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Fungus that's killed millions of bats found for the first time in Saskatchewan

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Fungus that's killed millions of bats found for the first time in Saskatchewan
(September 14, 2021)   -   White-nose syndrome is moving west.  Our innovative monitoring program has found evidence of the fungus that causes WNS in Saskatchewan.  Now we will need to closely monitor bats to see what happens next. 

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Canary in a Gold Mine

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Canary in a Gold Mine
(September 03, 2021)   -   Follow Chrystal, Dan, Patrice and Evan to the field and see what WCS Canada's bird research team has been doing to research cumulative effects in Yukon.

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What will it take to protect Ontario’s caribou?

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What will it take to protect Ontario’s caribou?
(August 05, 2021)   -   With the population declining, First Nations, environmentalists, and others are working together to safeguard boreal caribou — and their habitat — before it’s too late.

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Scientists fear for wildlife in Ontario's boreal forest as wildfires get more frequent and intense

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Scientists fear for wildlife in Ontario's boreal forest as wildfires get more frequent and intense
(July 25, 2021)   -   CBC spoke to 3 scientists about impacts on animals in water, on land and in the air

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Dr. Matthew Scrafford: Community science is helping track wolverines in the Cascades

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Dr. Matthew Scrafford: Community science is helping track wolverines in the Cascades
(June 21, 2021)   -   Dr. Matt Scrafford takes us through how the WCS Canada wolverine team in Northern Ontario is helping the communities near the Cascade Mountains in Washington to better identify wolverine tracks - in hopes to get more information on these elusive carnivores.

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Key Biodiversity Areas in Canada: Updates and Progress

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Key Biodiversity Areas in Canada: Updates and Progress
(June 18, 2021)   -   This special webinar explored all aspects of work completed over the last two years to identify and delineate Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) in Canada, and presented plans for the next two years. 

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Key Biodiversity Areas for focus biodiversity conservation in Canada

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Key Biodiversity Areas for focus biodiversity conservation in Canada
(May 25, 2021)   -    A presentation by Jaime Grimm for the International Association for Great Lakes Research 64th Annual Conference on KBAs for focus biodiversity conservation in Canada.

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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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How government scientists tried — but failed — to protect endangered bats from a Site C dam quarry

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How government scientists tried — but failed — to protect endangered bats from a Site C dam quarry
(April 25, 2021)   -   The perfect coincidence of geothermally heated cliffs, a deciduous forest and wetlands created a unique mecca for bat species that is now being disturbed and logged to provide quarry rock for the relocation of a provincial highway for the Site C dam. An investigation by The Narwhal reveals government biologists and bat experts, like WCS Canada's Cori Lausen, fought to protect the rare hibernacula and critical habitat to no avail

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Melting ice in Arctic linked to bowhead whales holding off annual migration

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Melting ice in Arctic linked to bowhead whales holding off annual migration
(April 21, 2021)   -   Using data extracted from underwater tape recorders,  WCS Canada's Western Arctic team concluded that that the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort Seas bowhead whale population did not make their annual journey in 2018-2019. Dr. Stephen Insley states it is unclear whether this change was a migration anomaly and explains potential factors that could explain why this occurred. 

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