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Understanding Wolverines

Understanding Wolverines
(September 08, 2020)   -   Elusive, tough and resourceful, wolverines may be our most misunderstood natural neighbour… and that’s getting in the way of conservation efforts for this embattled species. Some intrepid researchers are out in the wilds to learn more before it is too late. An article featuring research by WCS Canada wolverine expert, Dr. Matt Scrafford.

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Why The Pandemic is Telling Us That Our Relationship with Nature is Broken

Why The Pandemic is Telling Us That Our Relationship with Nature is Broken
(September 03, 2020)   -   A webinar by Dr. Justina Ray summarizing the latest scientific findings on how the COVID-19 pandemic was sparked, the links between declines in biodiversity and loss of intact ecosystems round the world and the rise of viral spillover events, along with policy implications.

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Peatlands: Vital for carbon storage and stewardship

Peatlands: Vital for carbon storage and stewardship
(August 05, 2020)   -   Peatlands, a type of wetland, are unique ecosystems particularly noteworthy because of their unusually deep organic soils formed by thousands of years of waterlogged decaying plants and mosses. They are a vital resource – a filter for ensuring rivers run clean, a haven for wildlife and, as we now increasingly appreciate, a huge storehouse for carbon.

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Prioritizing multiple land uses and Indigenous values for conservation

Prioritizing multiple land uses and Indigenous values for conservation
(July 31, 2020)   -    A recording of Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle's presentation on Prioritizing multiple land uses and Indigenous values for conservation at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology 2020.

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Freshwater conservation planning in an intact boreal landscape

Freshwater conservation planning in an intact boreal landscape
(July 21, 2020)   -   A recording of Meg Southee's presentation on identifying priority watersheds for the conservation of freshwater fish in Ontario for the ESRI User Conference 2020.

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Northern fish are tough, but climate change is causing some to dwindle

Northern fish are tough, but climate change is causing some to dwindle
(July 06, 2020)   -   Northern stream fish come from a long line of hardy adapters. But the survival tools these fish have used for millennia — exceptional tolerance to cold, slow growth rates and long lifespans — could be a disadvantage as environmental conditions in the north warm and more fast-paced species move in.

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New framework identifies climate change “refugia” in boreal forest

New framework identifies climate change “refugia” in boreal forest
(June 11, 2020)   -   A major research project from the University of Alberta and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada outlines pockets of Canada's boreal forest that may give wildlife more time and space to adjust to a changing climate.

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Eavesdropping on whales

Eavesdropping on whales
(June 06, 2020)   -   WCS Canada's Dr. William Halliday talks about how the Arctic soundscape is changing and why, and what steps WCS Canada’s research team is taking to help lower the noise level for whales. 

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Key Biodiversity Areas

Key Biodiversity Areas
(June 05, 2020)   -   One way to focus conservation efforts is by using a new conservation tool called Key Biodiversity Areas(KBAs). KBAs are areas with exceptionally high biodiversity values. KBAs may be areas important toendangered or rare species or ecosystems, sites that hold large aggregations of species at certain timesof the year (e.g. migratory stopovers for birds, or caribou calving grounds) or large ecologically intactareas with low levels of human disturbance.

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Thinking big to conserve small but important species

Thinking big to conserve small but important species
(May 21, 2020)   -   Through the Key Biodiversity Areas program, rare, endemic and underappreciated species are finally getting their due as important components of their ecosystems.

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