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North American Caribou Workshop

North American Caribou Workshop
(July 15, 2016) May 16 marks the launch of the 16th Annual North American Caribou Workshop and for the first time in two decades this year the workshop is in Ontario. Taking place in Thunder Bay, the workshop is the foremost conference of its kind, addressing caribou biology, research and management. This year’s workshop theme is Connections: exploring the link between people, disciplines and ecosystems to further caribou conservation and management. More than 250 people from science, academia, indig...

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Bat White-Nose Syndrome Found in the West

Bat White-Nose Syndrome Found in the West
(May 13, 2016) On March 31, the United States Geological Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service announced that White Nose Syndrome (WNS) had been confirmed in a little brown bat in Washington State – the first instance of the deadly disease in western North America. Biologists in western Canada and US have been working diligently since the first mass mortalities were discovered in the east in 2007 to prevent or at minimum slow the spread of this disease into western North America, in hopes that this woul...

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New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western Alberta

New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western Alberta
(April 01, 2016) New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western Alberta BatCaver, an ongoing WCS Canada program, has recently discovered two new bat hibernacula —places where bats hibernate during winter months—in the Alberta foothills. Bats hibernate underground for a large portion of each year, and these newly discovered locations help shed light on the mystery of where many species of bats go each winter. A total of 103 bats were counted within these hibernacula, including members of two species that ...

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New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western Alberta

(February 25, 2016) **NEWS RELEASE** New Bat Habitat Discovered in Western AlbertaResident species confirmed as endangered Northern Myotis and Little Brown batsCentral Alberta (February 25, 2016) WCS Canada announced today the discovery of two bat hibernacula —places where bats hibernate during winter months—in the Alberta foothills. The discovery was made recently during Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada’s ongoing research as part of the BatCaver program (www.batcaver.org). In all, ...

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Habitat Restoration and Protecting Caribou Populations

Habitat Restoration and Protecting Caribou Populations
(February 25, 2016) Habitat loss is – by far – the most common reason species become at risk of extinction. There are many ways to combat this threat, including protecting key areas from human activities, and restoring habitat that has been removed or otherwise damaged.Habitat restoration must play a large role in recovery efforts for boreal caribou. Many populations are declining where human activities like forest harvesting, agriculture, settlement, oil sands and roads have damaged or destroyed their ...

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Citizen Science for Bats

Citizen Science for Bats
(January 25, 2016) Although we currently know surprisingly little about bats in winter in western Canada, WCS Canada is making giant leaps filling critical knowledge gaps through our on the ground research and citizen science programs. In 2015, WCS launched a new citizen science initiative call the BatCaver Program.  This citizen science program is aimed largely at cavers, mine enthusiasts, and others who go underground in western Canada, with funding support from Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewa...

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Boreal Forest Conservation and the Paris Climate Agreement

Boreal Forest Conservation and the Paris Climate Agreement
(January 03, 2016) The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, signed by Canada and 195 other countries, has been greeted with much fanfare and enormous relief. After decades of mounting scientific evidence for the negative impacts of a changing climate – on people, wildlife and all ecosystems from forests to oceans – the highest levels of government are finally recognizing climate change as an immediate threat. Now the real work begins. Canada is one of the highest per capita emitters of CO2, and...

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New Report: Fish and Hydroelectricity in Yukon

New Report: Fish and Hydroelectricity in Yukon
(December 01, 2015) A new Report warns of  the potential for major negative impacts on fish and fish habitat caused by large hydroelectric dams, like that currently under evaluation through the Next Generation Hydro initiative. The Report, which focuses on north-western Canada, notes that substantial destruction of fish habitats caused by such a dam, along with additional threats and effects will be either very expensive or impossible to mitigate.  “Potential Impacts and Risks of Proposed Next ...

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2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report
(November 26, 2015) It’s the story of the century: how will climate change reshape our planet’s natural systems? We tackle that story from a couple of unique perspectives in our just released annual report. First, we turn to the Arctic, where temperatures are rising faster than almost anywhere else on the planet. WCS Canada northern researcher Dr. Don Reid describes how melting ice and changing habitats are already threatening wildlife survival. WCS scientists at work in the Arctic. Further south, ...

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Upsidedown and Underground: Going to Bat for Bats

Upsidedown and Underground: Going to Bat for Bats
(November 25, 2015) WCS Canada has teamed up with cavers across western Canada in an effort to stop the spread of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) by launching the BatCaver program.Bats in North America face catastrophic declines due to a fungal pathogen causing WNS. Typified by a white fungus growing on the nose of bats, the disease kills the animals while they hibernate and has spread across eastern North America, with up to 99 percent mortality of bats in any given winter roost.The chief aim of the BatCaver program is ...

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