Muddy Boots Blog

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.

Animals take to the streets

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Animals take to the streets
(April 21, 2020)   -   The recent increase in wildlife sightings in our cities and waterways during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a ray of light, but is a far cry from wildlife recovery. These signs of resurgence will be temporary, unless we can take this opportunity to change our approach to the natural world.

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Northern Inspiration: Bringing science and youth together in the Moose Cree Homeland

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Northern Inspiration: Bringing science and youth together in the Moose Cree Homeland
(April 14, 2020) By Claire FarrellYouth voices around the world are calling loudly for action on climate change and biodiversity loss, including voices from Indigenous youth such as Autumn Peltier and international voices like Greta Thunberg.  But this urgency really became tangible for me as I travelled north to Moose Factory on the edge of James Bay over winter roads that were quickly becoming impassable. Conditions on winter roads (ice roads) connecting far north communities are particularly poor this y...

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The remarkable 50-year conservation journey of Dr. John Weaver

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The remarkable 50-year conservation journey of Dr. John Weaver
(February 27, 2020)   -   John Weaver packed a formidable number of accomplishments into his adventures across the wild landscapes of western North America. Here, we celebrate his successes as he retires after a 50-year career in wildlife conservation!

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Working in the wild world of biodiversity conservation

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Working in the wild world of biodiversity conservation
(January 09, 2020)   -   Jaime Grimm, WCS Canada's 2019-2020 Conservation Intern reflects on her experience working on various elements of wildlife conservation.

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Rising to the twin challenge of climate change and biodiversity loss

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Rising to the twin challenge of climate change and biodiversity loss
(December 20, 2019)   -   Addressing the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss has left many of our political leaders and institutions floundering. At WCS Canada, we continue to deliver science-driven solutions for addressing these problems, from identifying key wild areas for protection to developing new ways to help wildlife survive specific impacts, like rising temperatures. While it is easy to lose hope in these challenging times, we think there have been some important signs of progress this year.

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Canada’s invisible biodiversity crisis

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Canada’s invisible biodiversity crisis
(December 02, 2019)   -   Far from being a vast untouched wild landscape, Canada’s northern expanses are being relentlessly exploited for resources. Add the effects of climate change to the impact of human activities and you have what could be called a “threat cocktail” – a wicked combination of impacts that often reinforce and amplify each other. If we act now, future generations may still have a chance to experience “wild Canada” firsthand.

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High tech and elbow grease – a winning combination for wildlife

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High tech and elbow grease – a winning combination for wildlife
(October 21, 2019) By Jacob Seguin Lake sturgeon used to be so plentiful in the Great Lakes that steamboats crossing the waters would burn their dried carcasses in their boilers to supplement their coal supplies. Then, because of caviar’s sudden popularity, lake sturgeon were fished out of much of the Great Lakes watersheds in a matter of decades –  less than the lifespan of an individual fish. When the fish you are catching only spawns once every four to six years, and even then only maybe 1...

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Ontario turns Endangered Species Act into an empty shell

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Ontario turns Endangered Species Act into an empty shell
(May 10, 2019) By Justina Ray A UN scientific report detailing the growing global biodiversity crisis says that the Earth could lose one million species over the decades ahead. It confirms that we are in the midst of the sixth great wave of extinctions to have swept the Earth, but this time, the wave is the result of human activities and will require a major change in direction from human societies to save species.The Ontario Government chose this inauspicious moment to introduce major revisions...

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Wading in: WCS research scientist Liset Cruz-Font paints a picture of life in the field

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Wading in: WCS research scientist Liset Cruz-Font paints a picture of life in the field
(February 18, 2019) I have been going out into the field for more than 20 years, starting in Cuba, and now in Canada. Coming to WCS Canada to work on lake sturgeon telemetry – tracking tagged fish remotely using receivers – was a dream job for me. What would I need to do?  Everything that I love. First, work with (and be part of) a great team of diverse people. Second, uncover the mysterious movements of lake sturgeon, that ancient fish that has managed to survive for millennia while swim...

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The many strands of WCS Canada's research in the far north in Ontario

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The many strands of WCS Canada's research in the far north in Ontario
(September 21, 2018) One of the reasons that I like fieldwork is that it always involves learning new skills, and often these are obscure skills that I never expected I would need in my career as a biologist. As an example, this summer I found myself sitting on a grassy riverbank near the shores of James Bay, wearing my full rain gear on a sunny day as protection against the relentless blackflies, learning to splice rope. Splicing rope involves braiding strands of rope together to join two ropes or to form a loop at...

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