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Welcome Martin von Mirbach!

Welcome Martin von Mirbach!
(February 26, 2018) Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada is pleased to welcome Martin von Mirbach to a new position at WCS Canada -- Director for Conservation Strategy. Martin will be responsible for providing strategic oversight to WCS Canada’s programs. He will be seeking opportunities to advance our conservation objectives and improve our effectiveness and conservation impact. He will help formulate strategies to build strong relationships and formal partnerships with governments and Indigenous group...

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Watching, Listening, and Learning to Understand Change

Watching, Listening, and Learning to Understand Change
(February 21, 2018)  With new all-weather roads, transmission lines, and mines planned for Ontario’s Far North, ecological monitoring and baseline information collection will be critical to help communities understand the impacts of changes to the water, land and wildlife. Our new report, Watching, Listening, and Learning to Understand Change, explains that communities need to be empowered to track these changes along with the changes being brought about by a rapidly changing climate through Communi...

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Action to save the Peel Watershed back on track thanks to Supreme Court

Action to save the Peel Watershed back on track thanks to Supreme Court
(February 20, 2018) On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected a plan by the former government of Yukon to open up a huge swath of the PeelWatershed – an ecologically intact area the size of Nova Scotia -- to industrial development. This is a monumental win that would not be possible without the on-going support of conservationists like you. The Supreme Court's decision on this matter is proof that by working together, we can help to hold decision-makers accountable to do their part to protect critical l...

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Caribou a key test of federal resolve to protect species at risk

Caribou a key test of federal resolve to protect species at risk
(February 20, 2018) Check out our latest Muddy Boots Blog where WCS Canada President and Chief Scientist Dr. Justina Ray discusses how a good federal plan to save caribou has become stuck in the mud of provincial inaction.  In this blog, Dr. Ray debunks the myth that the science behind the federal recovery plan needs further review and explains why caribou simply can’t wait another five years for provinces to act.

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Addressing Cumulative Impacts of Climate Change and Development on Freshwater Fish in Northern Ontario

Addressing Cumulative Impacts of Climate Change and Development on Freshwater Fish in Northern Ontario
(February 15, 2018) By Cheryl ChetkiewiczOntario is a Canadian province built on mining and mineral exploration. Over the past two decades, the provincial government has encouraged and facilitated new mines in Ontario’s Far North—a large, remote and largely roadless region that is the homeland for nearly 40,000 First Nations.The “Ring of Fire” mineral belt, located approximately 350 km north of Thunder Bay, is a massive, ore-rich area, including the largest chromite deposit in North America,...

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Why Won't Wolverines Cross the Road?

Why Won't Wolverines Cross the Road?
(February 14, 2018) Wolverine biologist Matt Scrafford spent three winters capturing a number of these wily predators in northern Alberta. The wolverines were then fitted with GPS collars and tracked across an area of the province crisscrossed with logging and oil and gas service roads.Scrafford, who joined Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada in 2017, had a strong hunch that the wolverines would do their best to stay away from the roads, but he sought to create a more detailed picture of how w...

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New Environmental Assessment Act could open our eyes wider to development impacts, but will it?

New Environmental Assessment Act could open our eyes wider to development impacts, but will it?
(February 09, 2018) Today (Feb. 8, 2018) the federal government unveiled a new “Impact Assessment Act” that will repeal and replace the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (2012).  Together in one bill with the new Canadian Energy Regulator Act, this is an important – and massive – piece of legislation that sets out the conditions under which “major” development projects get built in Canada (or, rarely, not).  At first glance, the inclusion of a whole new section...

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The sounds of the north: exploring the underwater soundscape of the western Canadian Arctic

The sounds of the north: exploring the underwater soundscape of the western Canadian Arctic
(February 07, 2018) The Arctic is often viewed as a silent landscape, with few human inhabitants and several populations of hardy polar bears. But while winters are cold, dark, and quiet, summers are bright and noisy, with major migrations of birds and marine mammals.Our research group at Wildlife Conservation Society Canada studies a lesser-known aspect of Arctic complexity: the underwater soundscape.Our research group at Wildlife Conservation Society Canada studies a lesser-known aspect of Arctic complexity: the ...

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Could bats benefit from a trip to the grocery store?

Could bats benefit from a trip to the grocery store?
(February 07, 2018)  WCS Canada is investigating whether bats could benefit from the same probiotic approach that has taken foods like yogurt by storm.   The idea is relatively simple.  Bats are dying by the millions due to a fungal disease called White-nose syndrome (WNS).  If a “good bacteria” to fight the WNS fungus could be applied to bats, it might be possible to reverse at least some of the devastation being caused by the disease. WCS Canada bat researcher Dr. Cori Lausen ...

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Efforts to Help Bats Survive Deadly Disease Get a Boost

Efforts to Help Bats Survive Deadly Disease Get a Boost
(February 07, 2018) Nelson, BC (Sept. 18, 2017) – Research efforts aimed at identifying bat species or individual populations that may be able to survive the arrival of deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS) received a boost this week with the announcement of $100,000 (U.S.) in new funding for cross-border bat science.WNS is a devastating fungal disease that has wiped out millions of bats in eastern North America, triggering what is thought to be the fastest decline of wild mammals in histo...

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