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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New framework identifies climate change “refugia” in boreal forest

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New framework identifies climate change “refugia” in boreal forest
(June 11, 2020)   -   A major research project from the University of Alberta and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada outlines pockets of Canada's boreal forest that may give wildlife more time and space to adjust to a changing climate.

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Eavesdropping on whales

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Eavesdropping on whales
(June 06, 2020)   -   WCS Canada's Dr. William Halliday talks about how the Arctic soundscape is changing and why, and what steps WCS Canada’s research team is taking to help lower the noise level for whales. 

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Key Biodiversity Areas

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Key Biodiversity Areas
(June 05, 2020)   -   One way to focus conservation efforts is by using a new conservation tool called Key Biodiversity Areas(KBAs). KBAs are areas with exceptionally high biodiversity values. KBAs may be areas important toendangered or rare species or ecosystems, sites that hold large aggregations of species at certain timesof the year (e.g. migratory stopovers for birds, or caribou calving grounds) or large ecologically intactareas with low levels of human disturbance.

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Thinking big to conserve small but important species

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Thinking big to conserve small but important species
(May 21, 2020)   -   Through the Key Biodiversity Areas program, rare, endemic and underappreciated species are finally getting their due as important components of their ecosystems.

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Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19

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Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19
(May 19, 2020)   -   The slowdown of human activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some surprising benefits for wildlife conservation. Can we keep them going after the danger has passed?

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Canada's ‘rich carbon sink’ peatlands need urgent protection, story map shows

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Canada's ‘rich carbon sink’ peatlands need urgent protection, story map shows
(May 06, 2020)   -   Northern peatlands—the richest carbon sinks on the planet and epicentres of biodiversity—are in urgent need of protection from human development, the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada asserts, in a detailed “story map” that outlines why and how these “enormous carbon storehouses” must be preserved, with Indigenous peoples leading the way.

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It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands

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It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands
(May 01, 2020)   -   Meg Southee, WCS Canada's GIS Analyst and Spatial Data Manager writes about the importance of conserving northern peatlands for Canadian Geographic.

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Zoonotic Pandemics - How to prevent them in the future

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Zoonotic Pandemics - How to prevent them in the future
(April 28, 2020)   -   A presentation on the background of zoonotic pandemics, and how we can prevent them in the future by WCS Executive Director of Wildlife Health, Dr. Christian Walzer.

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10 Years of WCS Canada-Weston Family Foundation Fellowships!

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10 Years of WCS Canada-Weston Family Foundation Fellowships!
(April 07, 2020)   -   With generous support from The Weston Family Foundation, WCS Canada has awarded annual fellowships to graduate students for the past ten years! This report summarizes the impact of the WCS Canada - Weston Family Foundation Fellowships since 2009.

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