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Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

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Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret
(May 25, 2021)   -   The far north in Ontario is an aquatic haven. At least 50 species of fish can be found in the Arctic drainage basin in Ontario. Connie O'Connor and Meg Southee explain how they predicted which fish species are where,  how they identified key areas for freshwater diversity and why we should protect these habitats.

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How government scientists tried — but failed — to protect endangered bats from a Site C dam quarry

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How government scientists tried — but failed — to protect endangered bats from a Site C dam quarry
(April 25, 2021)   -   The perfect coincidence of geothermally heated cliffs, a deciduous forest and wetlands created a unique mecca for bat species that is now being disturbed and logged to provide quarry rock for the relocation of a provincial highway for the Site C dam. An investigation by The Narwhal reveals government biologists and bat experts, like WCS Canada's Cori Lausen, fought to protect the rare hibernacula and critical habitat to no avail

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Melting ice in Arctic linked to bowhead whales holding off annual migration

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Melting ice in Arctic linked to bowhead whales holding off annual migration
(April 21, 2021)   -   Using data extracted from underwater tape recorders,  WCS Canada's Western Arctic team concluded that that the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort Seas bowhead whale population did not make their annual journey in 2018-2019. Dr. Stephen Insley states it is unclear whether this change was a migration anomaly and explains potential factors that could explain why this occurred. 

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Digging deep on costs and benefits of mining in Yukon

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Digging deep on costs and benefits of mining in Yukon
(April 14, 2021)   -   The Yukon Government has embarked on a review of the rules around mining in the territory. WCS Canada weighed in with a comprehensive set of recommendations urging the government to create a framework that better acknowledges the significant ecological impacts of mining. Also featured: Punching a hole in caribou habitat - the implications of the proposed Kudz Ze Kayah mine project on the already struggling Finlayson Caribou Herd.

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Envisioning Compatibilities between Mi'kmaq Environmental Values and KBA Criteria in Mi'kma'ki

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Envisioning Compatibilities between Mi'kmaq Environmental Values and KBA Criteria in Mi'kma'ki
(January 21, 2021)   -   Recording of the KBA webinar presentation by WCS Canada post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Jeffrey Wall. 

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Wolverine: Tracking the elusive trickster

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Wolverine: Tracking the elusive trickster
(January 18, 2021)   -    WCS Canada scientist Matthew Scrafford has been studying wolverines in the boreal forest in northern Ontario for three years.  This Canadian Geographic article explains Matt's GPS data that shows wolverine  family dynamics as they hunt and scavenge. 

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Canada committed to protecting 30% of our territory by 2030. Which 30% should it be?

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Canada committed to protecting 30% of our territory by 2030. Which 30% should it be?
(January 15, 2021)   -   WCS Canada scientist, Dr. Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne is the coordinator the the Canada Key Biodiversity Areas initiative. Here, she talks with CBC's Bob McDonald, host of Quirks and Quarks, about how Canada can meet its goal of protecting 30% of lands and seas by 2030.

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Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could help us protect them.

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Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could help us protect them.
(December 28, 2020)   -   Bats' ability to echolocate is an incredible innovation. It's also one that can help us protect them.

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Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean

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Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean
(December 17, 2020)   -   This article by WCS Canada scientist Dr. William Halliday explains how climate change is increasing the noise levels under Arctic waters, and why the increasing cacophony can spell trouble for belugas.

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IBAs and KBAs in Canada: Bridging the Gap for Birds

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IBAs and KBAs in Canada: Bridging the Gap for Birds
(December 10, 2020)   -   Recording of the KBA webinar by Andrew Couturier on the relationship between Key Biodiversity Areas and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs).

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