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Bighorn Backcountry of Alberta: Protecting Wildlife and Precious Waters

(June 14, 2017) MEDIA RELEASECONTACT:JOHN WEAVER cell: 406-274-7825; jlweaver@blackfoot.netJUSTINA RAY: cell 416-795-1636; jray@wcs.orgBighorn Backcountry an Alberta gem that needs to be safeguarded·    Area critically important for wildlife and water Edmonton, Canada (June 14, 2017) – A new scientific analysis by Wildlife Conservation Society Canada has identified a conservation gem nestled beside the two crown jewels of the Rocky Mountai...

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Bighorn Backcountry of Alberta: protecting Vulnerable Wildlife and Precious Waters

Bighorn Backcountry of Alberta: protecting Vulnerable Wildlife and Precious Waters
(June 14, 2017) A new scientific analysis by Wildlife Conservation Society Canada has identified a conservation gem nestled beside the two crown jewels of the Rocky Mountain national park system. The area, known as the Bighorn Backcountry, lies just east of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta and represents one of the most ecologically important areas in the province’s Eastern Slopes region. Based on findings about the importance of this region to wildlife, clean water and recreation...

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Securing a Wild Future for Yukon's Boreal Mountains

Securing a Wild Future for Yukon's Boreal Mountains
(June 07, 2017) Yukon’s Boreal Mountains region adds a whole dimension to Canada’s most iconic forest.  Here snow capped mountains and alpine plateaus are perched above broad river valleys rich with life.  The region is a haven for predators and prey alike, from grizzly bears and wolves to sheep and moose.  There are few other places left in the world that have been so little changed by human development.  That’s why we need a plan to protect the wild in this globally impor...

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On World Environment Day, Securing a Wild Future for Yukon’s Boreal Mountains

On World Environment Day, Securing a Wild Future for Yukon’s Boreal Mountains
(June 05, 2017) On World Environment Day, Canada hosts a global celebration of our natural heritage and commitment to protect 17 percent of terrestrial areas by 2020. While this international commitment is a significant achievement, Canada can lead with an even bolder vision to protect some of the last truly wild places remaining on the planet – our northern landscapes.Click here to read more

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Securing a Wild Future for Yukon's Boreal Mountains

(June 05, 2017) **NEWS RELEASE**  CONTACT: JUSTINA RAY: ((office)1-416-850-9038 x22; (cell) 416-795-1636; jray@wcs.org) HILARY COOKE: (1-867-393-2447; hcooke@wcs.org)World Environment Day on June 5th is an opportunity for territory to plan for a wild future.Yukon can play globally significant role in protecting biodiversityRegion boasts large landscapes with thriving ecosystems with iconic mammals such as grizzly bears, caribou, and wolvesValley bottoms seen as key to conserva...

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The Conundrum of change

The Conundrum of change
(April 20, 2017) By Don ReidHuman beings often have a conflicted view of change. We like certainty and stability. In conservation, however, we have learned that living with certain changes is essential because they create the conditions for many species to thrive. Lately, however, climate warming is creating new and different kinds of changes, often taking place more rapidly than we are accustomed to.Click here to read more. 

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Naturally Resilient: A strategy to adapt to climate change or business-as- usual?

Naturally Resilient: A strategy to adapt to climate change or business-as- usual?
(April 20, 2017) To address climate change in Ontario, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) developed a Climate Change Action Plan identifying a number of actions, across multiple ministries aimed at reducing the magnitude and/or rate of greenhouse gas emissions. These range from the creation of a low-carbon and zero emission transportation sector to reducing fossil fuel use in buildings and homes to developing carbon offset programs using managed forests and agricultu...

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WCS Canada Annual report 2016

WCS Canada Annual report 2016
(April 01, 2017)  At WCS Canada, we are working to help wildlife survive – and thrive – across our huge country. Our gorgeous new annual report captures both the beauty of wildlife and the challenges we face in ensuring their survival across Canada.  From caribou to ice seals, we explain how WCS Canada scientists are using the insights gained from long hours in the field to shape conservation and land-use plans and to help species survive. We also look at how we can take...

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Enhancing the protection of fish and fish habitat in Canada: A critical opportunity to breathe new life into failing policy

Enhancing the protection of fish and fish habitat in Canada: A critical opportunity to breathe new life into failing policy
(March 27, 2017) Although fish and fisheries are an integral part of Canada’s history, culture, and economy, protection for fish and fish habitats has been declining in Canada for at least a decade. The Fisheries Act is Canada’s oldest environmental law and an important piece of legislation that gives the Government of Canada the authority to manage fisheries and protect fish habitat. However to be effective, the Fisheries Act must be modernized, include evidence-based a...

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Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest

Big Bat Find in Alberta’s Boreal Forest
(March 22, 2017) A joint effort between WCS Canada’s BatCaver and Alberta Environment and Parks has led to the discovery of the largest bat hibernation cave ever recorded in Alberta, outside the Rocky Mountains.The newly-discovered cave is being used for hibernation by several hundred Little Brown Myotis bats, listed as Endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. The cave was formed by weak sulphuric acid dissolving bedrock, making conditions in the narrow, muddy cave impossible to fully inspect h...

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