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Unearthing clues to the mystery of the great Pleistocene extinction in Yukon

An illustration of Pleistocene-era mammals on Yukon’s tundra landscape. Thousands of fossils from this era are discovered each year, many by gold miners and members of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation around Old Crow. (Illustration: “Beringia Winter Scene,” courtesy Government of Yukon/artist George “Rinaldo” Teichmann)

Illustration: Government of Yukon
Findings about the disappearance of large mammals in the North could help scientists understand the potential impacts of modern climate change
Unearthing clues to the mystery of the great Pleistocene extinction in Yukon

Une illustration de mammifères de l’époque du Pléistocène dans le paysage de la toundra du Yukon. Des milliers de fossiles de cette région sont découverts chaque année, dont de nombreux par des mineurs et des membres de la Première Nation des Gwitchin Vuntut autour de Old Crow. (Illustration gracieusement fournie par le gouvernement du Yukon)

Illustration: Government of Yukon
Les découvertes sur la disparition des grands mammifères dans le Nord pourraient aider les chercheurs à comprendre les effets potentiels du changement climatique que nous vivons aujourd’hui
Douglas Coupland vortex Vancouver Aquarium ocean plastic Haida Gwaii

Artist and author Douglas Coupland stands in the midst of Vortex, his radical new art installation about ocean plastic on now at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: Ocean Wise)

Photo: Ocean Wise
The renowned Canadian artist and bestselling author discusses how his love of plastic morphed into an art exhibit about ocean pollution
Nathalie Lasselin, RCGS Fellows, diving, exploration

Nathalie Lasselin recently completed a 70-kilometre dive along the entire length of Montreal Island, part of her Urban Water Odyssey expedition to explore the St. Lawrence, test for pollutants and raise awareness of the critical importance of the river. Read on to see what a few of the Society’s other Fellows have been working on this year. (Photo: Nathalie Lasselin)

Photo: Nathalie Lasselin
From putting the “Canada” back in an iconic species’ name to studying a massive iceberg-calving Antarctic iceshelf, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in 2018
Gatineau Park forest-cover map

A 1974 forest-cover map of Gatineau Park. The 361-square-kilometre protected area in southwestern Quebec is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. (Map credit: Gatineau Park: Forest cover types / Department of the Environment [1974], © Government of Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada (2018), e011086587.)

Gatineau Park forest-cover map
This colourful forest-cover map, completed in 1974, provided invaluable information for the management of the National Capital Region’s cherished park

Adapted from the interactive Climate Atlas of Canada, this map shows the projected number of days with temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius or higher per year by the end of this century if global warming continues unchecked, with dark red representing 100+ days. Summers in southern Canada could see nearly twice as many hot-weather days as they did at the end of the last century, while Yellowknife and other places in the southern Arctic could see four times as many 25C-or-hotter days. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic
The Climate Atlas of Canada shows users what trends to expect in their communities as a result of climate change
Churchill Wild Great Ice Bear Adventure Dymond Lake Ecolodge

Two Churchill Wild guides speak calmly to a polar bear during a Great Ice Bear Adventure experience at Dymond Lake Ecolodge on the shores of Hudson Bay. All polar bear encounters are carefully managed to keep the guests safe and the bears wild. (Photo: Dax Justin/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Dax Justin/Canadian Geographic
Photographer Dax Justin shares what it’s like to walk on the tundra with the apex predator on an Arctic safari with Churchill Wild
Mihell Nunavik expedition

Kim and Conor Mihell pose with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society flag during their summer 2018 expedition through Quebec's Nunavik region. (Photo: Conor Mihell)

Mihell Nunavik expedition
Recapping a Royal Canadian Geographical Society-funded canoe expedition into the windy wilderness of northern Quebec
Bathurst caribou, N.W.T., conservation, habitat, range plan

Caribou in the beleaguered Bathurst caribou herd traverse a rocky hillside in the central Northwest Territories. (Photo: GNWT/A. Gunn, ENR)

Photo: GNWT/A. Gunn, ENR
After years of planning, an innovative strategy to help a disappearing caribou population recover is nearly ready to roll out
Des caribous de la harde de caribous de Bathurst, fortement menacée, franchissent une colline rocheuse dans le centre des Territoires du Nord-Ouest.

Des caribous de la harde de caribous de Bathurst, fortement menacée, franchissent une colline rocheuse dans le centre des Territoires du Nord-Ouest. (Photo : GTNO/A. Gunn, ENR)

Photo : GTNO/A. Gunn, ENR
Après plusieurs années de planification, une stratégie innovatrice pour aider au rétablissement d’une harde de caribous menacée de disparition est presque prête pour le lancement.
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