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Night sounds: Listening to and understanding bats, our only flying mammal

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Night sounds: Listening to and understanding bats, our only flying mammal
(October 26, 2020)   -   We sat down for an audio interview with WCS Canada bat specialist, Dr. Cori Lausen to learn what makes bats so fascinating.

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WCS Canada scientist presentations for the Ontario Wildlife Webinar Series

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WCS Canada scientist presentations for the Ontario Wildlife Webinar Series
(October 22, 2020)   -   Presentations on wolverine research and management relative to commercial forestry and combining science and stewardship of Namayo (lake sturgeon) in the far north in Ontario.

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How Key Biodiversity Areas can guide conservation in Canada

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How Key Biodiversity Areas can guide conservation in Canada
(October 14, 2020)   -   KBA Canada Coordinator, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, presented a brief overview of the KBA concept and program in Canada, and was be joined by Dan Kraus (Nature Conservancy Canada, Senior Conservation Biologist), and James Snider (World Wildlife Fund-Canada, VP of Science, Research and Innovation) to share recent reports from their own organizations, and how they relate to KBAs.

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How are northern fish responding to cumulative environmental changes? A 4-minute PhD Thesis

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How are northern fish responding to cumulative environmental changes? A 4-minute PhD Thesis
(October 01, 2020)   -   Northern regions are warming at rates two to three times global levels. In addition, mounting local human development pressures may combine and interact with co-occurring climate change pressures, leading to unexpected impacts on northern biodiversity. Watch this four-minute overview of W. Garfield Weston alumnus, Alyssa Murdoch's PhD research to discover how northern fish, and the people that depend on them, may be influenced by rapid cumulative environmental changes.

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Understanding Wolverines

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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