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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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Digging deep on costs and benefits of mining in Yukon

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Digging deep on costs and benefits of mining in Yukon
(April 14, 2021)   -   The Yukon Government has embarked on a review of the rules around mining in the territory. WCS Canada weighed in with a comprehensive set of recommendations urging the government to create a framework that better acknowledges the significant ecological impacts of mining. Also featured: Punching a hole in caribou habitat - the implications of the proposed Kudz Ze Kayah mine project on the already struggling Finlayson Caribou Herd.

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