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2015 Annual Report

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. It’s a great read with many stunning visuals that help to remind us what is at stake across Canada. With the Paris climate talks starting this week, we wanted to send a message about why world leaders need to come up with a plan for strong action to reduce emissions and why we need to continue to work to protect large intact wild areas right here at home.

Upsidedown and Underground: Going to Bat for Bats
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.
Castle Wildland Provincial Park

On September 4, 2015 the Government of Alberta designated 1080 km2 as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park. Known as the "Castle Special Area", this designation is key to conserving wildlife and their habitats in Alberta, and WCS Canada scientist Dr. John Weaver played an important role in its protection.

Ontario Live Bait Fisheries: What's at Stake
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. WCS Canada has reviewed the options and provided some key recommendations to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Integrating Wildlife and Culture: A New Framework for Conservation
Over the past century, successive generations of citizens and government leaders have worked hard to save the core of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem by establishing world-class parks and wildernesses, coupled with conservation of critical wildlife habitat on state and private lands along the periphery. These collective achievements constitute a great gift, but one important piece remains missing in this remarkable legacy: the Badger-Two Medicine.
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