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The door to a better biodiversity future is now open

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The door to a better biodiversity future is now open
(December 22, 2022) The closing plenary of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference, CoP15, in Montreal, December 2022. Photo: UN Biodiversity Convention on Biological Diversity negotiations produce a solid deal that lays the groundwork for more ambitious efforts to address the biodiversity crisis in Canada and around the world. By Justina Ray, WCS Canada President and Senior Scientist Negotiations on a new global deal to save nature reached their tipping point at just about the same time that Lionel...

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CoP15 Event: Key Biodiversity Areas - a tool for effective biodiversity conservation in Canada

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CoP15 Event: Key Biodiversity Areas - a tool for effective biodiversity conservation in Canada
(December 13, 2022) This panel event brought together leaders and partners of the KBA Canada initiative to demonstrate how this collaborative project is assembling biodiversity data and knowledge to identify all Key Biodiversity Areas in Canada, and presented the progress made to date. Panelists described the organization of KBA Canada, collaborations with Indigenous partners across the country, how the project is catalyzing the assemblage and organization of biodiversity data in Canada, Canadian leadership in iden...

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CoP15 Event: From Peatlands to the Ocean, a Global Opportunity in Canada

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CoP15 Event: From Peatlands to the Ocean, a Global Opportunity in Canada
(December 11, 2022)   The 90 minute panel brought together Indigenous leaders, scientists and conservation experts from Canada’s Hudson Bay Lowland and surrounding sea. Panelists spoke to their homelands, irrecoverable carbon stores of the Hudson Bay Lowland, the looming  threat of Ring of Fire mining, global stopovers for North America’s birds, tales of living with polar bears and Indigenous-led conservation in the sea. Dr. Lorna Harris, Forests, Peatlands, and Climat...

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Ecological distancing and why knowing nature matters

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Ecological distancing and why knowing nature matters
(June 17, 2022) Read this Op Ed in the National Observer By Dan Kraus Watching birds can contribute to your happiness. As we make our way back to pre-pandemic life, it is important that we continue to foster these connections to nature. Photo by Robert Sachowski/Unsplash COVID-19 has made the value of our social connections clear. Distancing from friends and family has been important to avoid a virus, but breaking these ties takes a toll on the brains of social animals like us. The pandemic has ...

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With citizen science apps, amateurs and experts both expand their horizons

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With citizen science apps, amateurs and experts both expand their horizons
(June 17, 2022)   -   Canada is too big for researchers to track all of its flora and fauna. Nature apps provide valuable wildlife data for scientists, who return the favour by sharing expertise. Interviewed in this The Narwhal article is WCS Canada Scientist Peter Soroye.

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Indigenous perspectives bring ‘feeling and caring’ into conservation planning

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Indigenous perspectives bring ‘feeling and caring’ into conservation planning
(June 16, 2022)   -   WCS Canada's Jared Gonet shares his thoughts with Folio about why it’s vital to include traditional ways of knowing in conservation solutions.

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How each of us can help protect biodiversity as the Prairies warm

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How each of us can help protect biodiversity as the Prairies warm
(May 16, 2022)   -   WCS Canada conservation planning biologist Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle says protecting biodiversity as the Prairies warm starts in our backyards. Read more on CBC.ca

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This Pioneering Collaboration Will Open a New Window Into Bird Migration

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This Pioneering Collaboration Will Open a New Window Into Bird Migration
(May 16, 2022)   -   Pooling research from numerous international partners, Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative promises to paint the fullest picture yet of the awe-inspiring phenomenon of blackpoll warbler  bird migration. Included in this story is WCS Canada scientist Hilary Cooke's blackpoll warbler research conducted in Summer 2020 in northern British Columbia.  

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Ontario must proceed with caution in the switch to EV vehicles

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Ontario must proceed with caution in the switch to EV vehicles
(May 16, 2022)   -   Math first, dig later. In this letter to the Toronto Star, Susan Sheard cautions the Ontario government in their switch to EV vehicles,  referencing WCS Canada scientist Lorna Harris' research on peatlands and the Ring of Fire.

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Pour faire des voitures électriques, le Canada laisse détruire des tourbières

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Pour faire des voitures électriques, le Canada laisse détruire des tourbières
(May 16, 2022)   -   Les tourbières canadiennes sont de formidables pièges à carbone. Mais ces milieux humides sont fortement menacés. Un projet de mine visant à extraire des matériaux pour fabriquer des batteries de véhicules électriques est, notamment, vivement contesté. Lorna Harris, chercheuse de la Wildlife Conservation Society Canada se demande dans quelle mesure ce vernis vert n’est pas plutôt une nouvelle manière d’accélérer le business minier.

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