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Three painted turtles sunning on a log

Groups of sunning painted turtles are a common sight around lakes and rivers in southern Ontario, but the species faces an uncertain future, according to biologists. (Photo: Alyx Luger/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Alyx Luger/Can Geo Photo Club
To save turtles, we need to think in “turtle time,” biologist says
Scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approach a young North Atlantic right whale entangled in fishing gear near Cape Canaveral. (NOAA Photo Library/flickr), CC BY-SA

Scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approach a young North Atlantic right whale entangled in fishing gear near Cape Canaveral. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library/flickr, CC BY-SA)

Photo: NOAA Photo Library/flickr, CC BY-SA
The death and entanglement of 17 of the endangered mammals last summer spurred an unprecedented effort to make the Gulf of St. Lawrence safer — but will it be enough? 
infographic of findings from BioBlitz Canada 150

An infographic showing a few key findings from BioBlitz Canada 150. (Infographic: Canadian Wildlife Federation)

Infographic: Canadian Wildlife Federation
35 events, 16,600 hours and 7,510 recorded species: the results are in from a series of bioblitz events held to commemorate Canada 150
Glass sponge reef in B.C.'s Hecate Strait

A glass sponge reef in B.C.'s Hecate Strait. Researchers have found that these mysterious, ancient animals evolved defensive behaviours to protect themselves from suffocation by excess sediment. (Photo: Sally Leys/CSSF/DFO)

Photo: Sally Leys/CSSF/DFO
New research reveals these unique animals evolved a way to rid their systems of excess sediment — but the sponges may be having trouble keeping up with human activity in their habitat
Common Eastern Bumblebee male foraging from Woodland Sunflower. Photo by Sheila Colla)

A common eastern bumblebee male foraging from a woodland sunflower. (Photo: Sheila Colla)

Photo: Sheila Colla
To save the bees, we first need to understand them—and recognize their value independent of their role as pollinators
A savannah sparrow

A new study has found that savannah sparrows near noisy sites are having a hard time communicating, in part due to stress. (Photo: Paulson Des Brisay)

Photo: Paulson Des Brisay
Study finds birds near noisy sites are stressed out and struggling to adapt
A boreal caribou cow nurses her calf in northeastern B.C.

A boreal woodland caribou cow nurses her calf in northeastern B.C. (Photo: Ryan Dickie/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Ryan Dickie/Can Geo Photo Club
Environmental groups frustrated by lack of action on the part of the provinces 
Parks Canada red Muskoka chairs on a snowy slope overlooking the Banff townsite

Red Muskoka chairs placed by Parks Canada to encourage reflection wait for visitors at the Mount Norquay viewpoint above Banff townsite in Banff National Park. In a new report, Parks Canada has pledged to put nature first in decisions affecting national parks. (Photo: Kevin Mihalcheon/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Kevin Mihalcheon/Can Geo Photo Club
Responding to feedback from Canadians, environment minister Catherine McKenna promised a renewed focus on science and conservation for Canada's protected places
Researchers studying the impact of ship traffic and noise on whales in the eastern Beaufort Sea cruise the Prince of Wales Strait in a  Zodiac

Researchers studying the impact of ship traffic and noise on whales in the eastern Beaufort Sea believe reducing vessel speed could be an effective tool for preventing whale distress and lowering the risk of collisions. (Photo courtesy WCS Canada)

Photo courtesy WCS Canada
As Arctic sea ice vanishes, new measures are needed to protect marine wildlife from increased ship traffic 
Sea otters play among the kelp in Tofino, B.C.

British Columbia is developing its own species at risk legislation, which environmental groups hope will afford more protection to endangered species in the province, like the sea otter (pictured). (Photo: Marco Crescenzi/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Marco Crescenzi/Can Geo Photo Club
Environmentalists hope the long-awaited legislation will compensate for shortcomings in the federal Species at Risk Act
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