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WCS Canada Weighs in on Species at Risk

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WCS Canada Weighs in on Species at Risk
(July 23, 2016) Laws devoted to the protection and recovery of species at risk are meant to provide added protection measures after regular management approaches have been insufficient to stave off extinction risk. Examples of such laws in Canada include the federal Species At Risk Act (2002) and the Ontario Endangered Species Act (2007).The need for such statutes becomes obvious when we consider the ever-growing list of species at risk in Canada – mirroring global trends of biodiversity loss. Once a...

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North American Caribou Workshop

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North American Caribou Workshop
(July 15, 2016) May 16 marks the launch of the 16th Annual North American Caribou Workshop and for the first time in two decades this year the workshop is in Ontario. Taking place in Thunder Bay, the workshop is the foremost conference of its kind, addressing caribou biology, research and management. This year’s workshop theme is Connections: exploring the link between people, disciplines and ecosystems to further caribou conservation and management. More than 250 people from science, academia, indig...

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Bat White-Nose Syndrome Found in the West

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Bat White-Nose Syndrome Found in the West
(May 13, 2016) On March 31, the United States Geological Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service announced that White Nose Syndrome (WNS) had been confirmed in a little brown bat in Washington State – the first instance of the deadly disease in western North America. Biologists in western Canada and US have been working diligently since the first mass mortalities were discovered in the east in 2007 to prevent or at minimum slow the spread of this disease into western North America, in hopes that this woul...

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New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western Alberta

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New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western Alberta
(April 01, 2016) New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western Alberta BatCaver, an ongoing WCS Canada program, has recently discovered two new bat hibernacula —places where bats hibernate during winter months—in the Alberta foothills. Bats hibernate underground for a large portion of each year, and these newly discovered locations help shed light on the mystery of where many species of bats go each winter. A total of 103 bats were counted within these hibernacula, including members of two species that ...

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New Report: Fish and Hydroelectricity in Yukon

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New Report: Fish and Hydroelectricity in Yukon
(December 01, 2015) A new Report warns of  the potential for major negative impacts on fish and fish habitat caused by large hydroelectric dams, like that currently under evaluation through the Next Generation Hydro initiative. The Report, which focuses on north-western Canada, notes that substantial destruction of fish habitats caused by such a dam, along with additional threats and effects will be either very expensive or impossible to mitigate.  “Potential Impacts and Risks of Proposed Next ...

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Ontario's Vision for Mineral Exploration and Mining: Renewing the Mineral Development Strategy

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Ontario's Vision for Mineral Exploration and Mining: Renewing the Mineral Development Strategy
(July 09, 2015) Even though Ontario's mining sector has been in a downturn for the past two years, mining is still big business. Ontario’s mining sector directly employs 26,000 people and supports 41,000 more jobs within the mining service and supply industries. The sector made $11B in 2014 and invested $1.3B back into the province.   Mining has recently moved into Ontario's Far North. This remote region contains globally significant ecosystems and is home to many species at risk, including caribou, ...

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Conservation in Canada's North gets needed support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

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Conservation in Canada's North gets needed support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
(December 19, 2012) Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada today announces a three-year grant from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to help fund our continued conservation efforts in two of Canada’s most pristine,yet imminently threatened, northern regions — Ontario’s Far North and Northern British Columbia/Southern Yukon.  These funds will help extend our work into Canada’s Western Arctic, partnering with WCS’s Beringia program. 

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6 Oct, 2009 - WCS Canada celebrates the huge expansion of Nahanni National Park reserve to six-times its original size.

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(June 10, 2009) WCS Canada’s conservation science and collaboration with other environmental organizations and First Nations leads to this tremendous expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve. Now nearly the size of Vancouver Island, these new boundaries will allow for wide-ranging wildlife, such as grizzlies and caribou to roam freely. View in Full.

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20 Sept, 2007 - Act now to protect northern fisheries, report urges.

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(September 20, 2007) Ontario's immensely valuable northern freshwater fisheries could be at risk as resource development expands. View in Full.
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Heavy Human Footprint it the Northern Appalachian and Acadian Ecoregion revealed by new study.

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(August 06, 2007) More than 99 percent of the land in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada is directly influenced by human activities. View in Full. Link to Full Report.

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