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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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Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19

Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19
(May 19, 2020)   -   The slowdown of human activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some surprising benefits for wildlife conservation. Can we keep them going after the danger has passed?

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Canada's ‘rich carbon sink’ peatlands need urgent protection, story map shows

Canada's ‘rich carbon sink’ peatlands need urgent protection, story map shows
(May 06, 2020)   -   Northern peatlands—the richest carbon sinks on the planet and epicentres of biodiversity—are in urgent need of protection from human development, the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada asserts, in a detailed “story map” that outlines why and how these “enormous carbon storehouses” must be preserved, with Indigenous peoples leading the way.

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It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands

It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands
(May 01, 2020)   -   Meg Southee, WCS Canada's GIS Analyst and Spatial Data Manager writes about the importance of conserving northern peatlands for Canadian Geographic.

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Can bats be saved?

Can bats be saved?
(March 25, 2020)   -   A wonderful piece written for the Canadian Wildlife Magazine that explores the challenges faced by bats, and what we're doing to help. Featuring WCS Canada's Dr. Cori Lausen.

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Engaging Science

Engaging Science
(March 20, 2020)   -   WCS Canada President Dr. Justina Ray has been named the inaugural winner of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution President’s Award for Societal Engagement! 

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