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Protecting and Connecting the Flathead National Forest

Protecting and Connecting the Flathead National Forest
(June 23, 2014) A new report, "Conservation Legacy on a Flagship Forest: Wildlife and Wild Lands on the Flathead National Forest, Montana" by WCS Senior Scientist Dr. John Weaver, calls for completing the legacy of Wilderness lands on the Flathead National Forest in Montana. The report identifies important, secure habitats and landscape connections for five species—bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, grizzly bears, wolverines, and mountain goats. These iconic species are vulnerable to loss of secure ha...

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WCS Canada and Ecojustice Release Report on Ontario's Far North

WCS Canada and Ecojustice Release Report on Ontario's Far North
(June 19, 2014) WCS Canada and Ecojustice just released a new report on Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment (R-SEA) -a tool that would help the newly elected Ontario government plan for big development and conservation decisions in Ontario's Far North. The region harbours globally-significant ecosystems (including the largest intact boreal forest left on the planet) and numerous First Nations communities, as well as potentially enormous mineral deposits. The government's current development project appr...

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2014 W. Garfield Weston Fellows Announcement

2014 W. Garfield Weston Fellows Announcement
(June 04, 2014) WCS Canada has a new round of W. Garfield Weston Fellows! These are graduate students that are advancing conservation in Canada through pursuing research questions that provide important information for conserving our wildlife and wild places. This fellowship program is generously supported by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation.  Check out our new fellows and their projects here.

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WCS Canada Hosting Caribou Event in Whitehorse

WCS Canada Hosting Caribou Event in Whitehorse
(May 05, 2014) As part of the 15th North American Caribou Workshop in Whitehorse, YK, running from the 12th to the 16th of May 2014, we are hosting a free public Celebration of Caribou event, including films and storytelling. Come out if you are in the neighbourhood! See the Press Release for the Event Here

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Dr. Reid Publishes in Nature Climate Change

Dr. Reid Publishes in Nature Climate Change
(March 31, 2014) Our Dr. Don Reid has co-authored a paper that was published online last week in Nature Climate Change. The study was an international collaboration to investigate the effects of climate change on Arctic food webs, and found that predation on herbivores is increasing - it is going up by 4.5% for each degree Celsius increase in temperature! This paper shows that predators are the main drivers of the Arctic food chain, just like in the African savannah and North American Great Plains. However, larg...

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Muddy Boots - New Blog by WCS Canada Scientists!

Muddy Boots - New Blog by WCS Canada Scientists!
(March 17, 2014) We have launched a blog, called Muddy Boots, for our scientists to share their stories from the field and reflections on conservation issues in Canada. Our scientists spend a lot of time in the field and have many fun tales to tell about close encounters with wildlife, confronting the elements, and the joys and frustrations of being in some of Canada's most remote pieces of wilderness. Being in the field also gives them lots of time to think about conservation issues and how we might go abo...

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Update on Status of Bison in Canada

Update on Status of Bison in Canada
(March 13, 2014) In November 2013, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), an independent scientific committee, had a meeting to evaluate the conservation status of several species, including Plains bison and Wood bison. This committee meets twice annually to assess the conservations status of species in Canada and recommends any changes to the Minister of the Environment. Plains bison were assessed in 2004 as Threatened and their status did not change through the most recent meet...

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Our Gillian Woolmer Helps Bring Conservation Maps to the Public

Our Gillian Woolmer Helps Bring Conservation Maps to the Public
(March 12, 2014) Our Gillian Woolmer has worked with other members of the 2C1Forest collaborative to compile available data on the flora and fauna of the Northern Appalachian/Acadian Ecoregion into a central database. The resulting Conservation Atlas of maps has now been made available online through a user-friendly platform called DataBasin. This new tool will give a big leg up to conservation organizations with few resources to create and manage their own datasets, as it allows users to create custom maps, dow...

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Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Developing Land Use Strategy for Far North

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Developing Land Use Strategy for Far North
(January 29, 2014) As mandated by Ontario’s 2010 Far North Act, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is finally developing a regional land use strategy for the Far North. It remains to be seen if any of the recommendations on climate change, planning for infrastructure, and cumulative effects made by Ontario’s Far North Science Advisory Panel, including our own Dr. Justina Ray, will be part of this strategy going forward. See the context of this process posted on the Environmental Registry h...

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Our Dr. Don Reid Quoted in Yale 360 Article on Arctic Bird Declines

Our Dr. Don Reid Quoted in Yale 360 Article on Arctic Bird Declines
(January 29, 2014) Arctic wildlife is undergoing major shifts as climate change impacts the Arctic environment. This has included steep declines in Arctic bird populations. Our Dr. Don Reid explains the link of some of these shifts to declining lemming numbers as snow cover is reduced in this Yale Environment 360 article.

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