Muddy Boots is our internal blog where our staff members share experiences getting their boots muddy with on-the-ground conservation research! You can find our contributions to external blogs and Op Eds here.

A powerful new approach to nature conservation in Canada

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A powerful new approach to nature conservation in Canada
(October 03, 2022) by Lina Cordero, Conservation Communications Intern, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada Canada is a big place. There are tens of thousands of lakes in this country, including some of the largest in the world. It is home to forests with a combined area larger than India and has the world’s longest coastline at more than 200,000 kilometres, including along the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans. This much space means Canada is blessed with a huge abundance and richness of natu...

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WCS Canada comments on Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy, to Natural Resources Canada

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WCS Canada comments on Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy, to Natural Resources Canada
(September 23, 2022) By Justina Ray, President and Senior Scientist at WCS Canada The federal government’s draft Critical Minerals Strategy is structured around colonial ‘new frontiers’ mindset that leads to a focus on expediting extraction instead of understanding the real consequences of opening up some of the world’s last remaining ecologically intact areas and carbon-rich stores to industrial development. Map from Canada’s critical minerals strategy: Discussion paper Ou...

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Learning from the biggest and smallest animals in the river

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Learning from the biggest and smallest animals in the river
(August 18, 2022) Most of our research is on the biggest animals in the river — the lake sturgeon — because they are important to Moose Cree, and because they can teach us a lot about the health of the river. Lake sturgeon are big, long-lived, and migratory, and so they need intact rivers to thrive. Seeing healthy populations of giant lake sturgeon tells us that the overall river is also healthy. However some of the smallest animals in the river can also tell us a lot about the health of the river....

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22 reasons why conservation in Canada matters to the planet

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(May 22, 2022) By Dan Kraus, Director of National Conservation at Wildlife Conservations Society Canada I have a confession. When I was first learning about conservation biology and global environmental issues, I didn’t think Canada mattered that much. We didn’t have the tropical rainforests of Brazil, there weren’t any lions, tigers or gorillas, and no global biodiversity hotspots. From the perspective of the planet, Oh Canada seemed like a bland spot on the conservation map.   ...

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Ontario wants to develop the #RingOfFire: a WCS Canada thread for #WorldWaterDay

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Ontario wants to develop the #RingOfFire: a WCS Canada thread for #WorldWaterDay
(May 06, 2022)   -   Ontario wants to develop the #RingOfFire. What is WCS Canada's response? Read our Twitter thread posted on World Water Day 2022!

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PEATLANDS: Massive -- but often overlooked -- wetlands

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PEATLANDS: Massive -- but often overlooked -- wetlands
(February 28, 2022)   -   For  World Wetland Day 2022, we created a three-part thread on why #Peatlands are hugely important for both wildlife & climate, and why they need our immediate attention.

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A Pandemic of Virtual Conferences

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A Pandemic of Virtual Conferences
(February 25, 2022)   -   Keeping up with the WCS Canada Western Arctic Team! Niki Diogou gives a summary of the Western Arctic team's current research (presented at the 2021 ArticNet meeting) and shares her experience with virtual scientific conferences, the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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This is our decision decade

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This is our decision decade
(January 14, 2022)   -   The next 10 years will be our decision decade for nature and our relationship with the planet. From peatlands to One Health to Key Biodiversity Areas, Dan Kraus, Director of National Conservation, is inspired by what WCS Canada does and is going to accomplish in 2022! 

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One Health for Watersheds, Wildlife & Well-being

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One Health for Watersheds, Wildlife & Well-being
(November 24, 2021)   -   In our modern world we’ve largely separated environmental health and human health. Unfortunately, in our efforts to separate the well-being of people and that of the natural world, we’ve created cracks in our ecosystems that both nature and people fall through. But there is growing recognition of the new One Health approach, which can help nature and people to thrive. 

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Bison Day: Q&A with WCS Canada’s new Director of National Conservation

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Bison Day: Q&A with WCS Canada’s new Director of National Conservation
(November 05, 2021)   -    Dan Kraus, WCS Canada’s new Director of National Conservation, gives us some FAQs about bison and their conservation, just in time for #NationalBisonDay.

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