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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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Castle Wildland Provincial Park

Castle Wildland Provincial Park
(October 28, 2015) The spectacular scenery of the Castle wildlands in southwest Alberta has long been recognized, yet securing appropriate protection has been elusive. On September 4, 2015, however, the Government of Alberta finally designated ̴1080 km2 known as the ‘Castle Special Place’ as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park. Wildlife Conservation Society Canada played an important role by providing a conservation blueprint that solidified the scientific case for protection of th...

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Ontario Live Bait Fisheries: What's at Stake

Ontario Live Bait Fisheries: What's at Stake
(September 14, 2015) Live bait fishing uses live animals such as small fish, frogs, and leeches to attract larger game fish, and is popular with recreational anglers because it is an effective way to catch fish. Most anglers in Ontario use live bait, and the industry is valued at $20 million. Despite these benefits, the live bait industry also has downsides. In 2013, 60 million baitfish and leeches were harvested from wild ecosystems in Ontario. The removal of such a substantial portion of biomass can alter food web...

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Integrating Wildlife and Culture: A New Framework for Conservation

Integrating Wildlife and Culture: A New Framework for Conservation
(July 23, 2015) Nestled just south of Glacier National Park in Montana, where the Great Plains first meets the dramatic uplift of the Rocky Mountains, is the Badger-Two Medicine (B2M) area. Encircled by the majestic Glacier National Park, the foothills and prairies of Blackfeet Indian Reservation, and the rugged Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas, the B2M occupies a strategic position in the international landscape known as the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. The B2M is part of the traditional ...

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Ontario's Vision for Mineral Exploration and Mining: Renewing the Mineral Development Strategy

Ontario's Vision for Mineral Exploration and Mining: Renewing the Mineral Development Strategy
(July 09, 2015) Even though Ontario's mining sector has been in a downturn for the past two years, mining is still big business. Ontario’s mining sector directly employs 26,000 people and supports 41,000 more jobs within the mining service and supply industries. The sector made $11B in 2014 and invested $1.3B back into the province.   Mining has recently moved into Ontario's Far North. This remote region contains globally significant ecosystems and is home to many species at risk, including caribou, ...

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WCS Canada Statement on the Yukon Supreme Court Decision on the Yukon Government’s Peel Watershed Plan

WCS Canada Statement on the Yukon Supreme Court Decision on the Yukon Government’s Peel Watershed Plan
(December 09, 2014) In response to a landmark decision made by the Yukon Supreme Court regarding the Peel Watershed planning process, WCS Canada‘s Dr. Donald Reid stated: “Wildlife Conservation Society Canada is very encouraged by the Yukon Supreme Court’s ruling of December 2nd,  which found that the way the Yukon government unilaterally intervened in the Peel land-use planning process was ‘not consistent with the honour and integrity of the Crown.’ The Court upheld the pivotal ...

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Helping to Stop the Spread of White Nose Sundrome

Helping to Stop the Spread of White Nose Sundrome
(November 11, 2014) This Halloween, WCS Scientist Cori Lausen explains the impact of the devastating White Nose Syndrome on bats in North America. White Nose Syndrome has not yet spread to Western Canada and Dr. Lausen is studying those populations to try to mitigate the spread of the disease.  Dr. Lausen explains the urgency, as we race against the spread of the disease into Western Canada: "We know surprisingly little about what our bats do in the winter. Part of the urgency right now is to figure ou...

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Bat Research Blitz planned for Flathead River Valley

Bat Research Blitz planned for Flathead River Valley
(July 25, 2014) Dr. Cori Lausen and a bat team have headed to the the Flathead River valley in southeastern British Columbia for a four-day BioBlitz in attempt to find out more information about bats.“It’s really the only place left in southern British Columbia that has not been inventoried for bats,” said Lausen, a research biologist and bat specialist with the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.Related stories:Bat research blitz planned for southeast B.C. river valley, by Collette Der...

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"Poorly planned" mineral rush in Ontario's north could doom vital carbon stocks

"Poorly planned" mineral rush in Ontario's north could doom vital carbon stocks
(July 16, 2014) (Originally posted on ClimateWire on Wednesday, July 2, 2014)Henry Gass, E&E reporterMelting snow is an annual spring annoyance across Canada, but last year on an Indian reservation in northern Ontario, it triggered a state of emergency.Rapidly melting snow in the Attawapiskat First Nation shut down schools, backed up sewage in people's homes and triggered the evacuation of a hospital. Less than three months later, a mine near the impoverished reservation unearthed the biggest diamond ever p...

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