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Planning for Change in One of the Most Intact Places on Earth

Planning for Change in One of the Most Intact Places on Earth
(August 26, 2016) By Cheryl Chetkiewicz (via National Geographic)Ontario’s Northern Boreal Forest is a special place. Not only because of its size – which is comparable to Sweden – but also because it remains largely untouched by human development. Now, then, is the time to create responsible planning frameworks for this region which includes one of the most significant chromite deposits in the world.Click here to read more. 

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The Next Great Victory for Birds

The Next Great Victory for Birds
(August 17, 2016)  By Hilary Cooke (via Huffington Post)2016 marked the 100-year anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty – a historic agreement that protected birds from indiscriminate slaughter for food and fashion markets. Dr. Hilary Cooke reflects on the legacy of this the treaty, the role WCS played in its inception, and the future of bird conservation in North America.Click here to read more. 

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Climate Change in Yukon and Northern Ontario: New Publications

Climate Change in Yukon and Northern Ontario: New Publications
(July 29, 2016)   Climate change is already taking hold across Canada, particularly in northern regions like Yukon and northern Ontario. As one of our most pressing environmental challenges, WCS Canada is working to find solutions to climate change across the country. As part of this work, our field scientists recently published two papers in Global Ecology and Conservation.With the retreat of glaciers and melting of permafrost changing the face of northern tundra, it is not surprising that this in tu...

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WCS Canada Weighs in on Species at Risk

WCS Canada Weighs in on Species at Risk
(July 23, 2016) Laws devoted to the protection and recovery of species at risk are meant to provide added protection measures after regular management approaches have been insufficient to stave off extinction risk. Examples of such laws in Canada include the federal Species At Risk Act (2002) and the Ontario Endangered Species Act (2007).The need for such statutes becomes obvious when we consider the ever-growing list of species at risk in Canada – mirroring global trends of biodiversity loss. Once a...

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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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