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Environment

The many benefits of the minuscule but mighty Miyawaki forests

Pioneered by a Japanese botanist, compact Miyawaki forests are beginning to replace backyard lawns on tiny plots around Canada

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Environment

All about bees: Common misconceptions, helping pollinators and how to actually ‘save the bees’ 

A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee: Creating Habitat Gardens for Native Pollinators is an inspiring and practical guide that will help gardeners create habitats full of life and learn about what is needed to take action to support and protect pollinators 

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People & Culture

‘Frick, I Love Nature’: CBC Gem’s newest comedy/nature series you need to see to believe

Hosted by Gordie Lucius, this Edmonton-made series takes viewers on a grand adventure to understand all of nature’s most interesting (and questionable) gifts 

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Science & Tech

Citizen to scientist: Six apps that can help you make a difference

Whether you’re monitoring monarchs or searching for snakes, these mobile apps will allow you to become a scientist right from your backyard

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Environment

Timber poaching: The secretive crime decimating North America’s forests

Timber poaching has become “a problem in every national forest,” with an estimated $1 billion worth of wood poached yearly in North America 

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Skiing or snowshoeing? Enjoy the best of both worlds at this unique backcountry lodge

At British Columbia’s Purcell Mountain Lodge, guests can partake in skiing and snowshoeing and then end the day with a well-deserved three-course dinner

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Our Country: Heather O’Neill on the McGill University campus

The award-winning author recalls her past and recent adventures around the McGill University campus

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Live Net Zero: Getting creative with commuting

From biking to “big epic walk days,” the families found fun and practical ways to cut down on their household vehicle emissions in their first challenge

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Environment

Thinking about Thanksgiving: How the Live Net Zero families modified their holiday habits

From cutting back on travel to preparing vegetarian meals, the Live Net Zero families made a concerted effort to reduce the environmental footprint of their Thanksgiving celebrations

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Environment

Why we’re challenging Canadian families to “live net zero”

Live Net Zero will follow five households from across the country this fall as they compete in bi-weekly challenges to lower their carbon emissions and spending on energy

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Environment

Inuit in Canada, U.S. seek greater involvement in climate change decision-making

 Inuit food security and self-governance in a rapidly warming Arctic are at the centre of a new policy paper issued by the Inuit Circumpolar Council

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Environment

Native Shoes: The recyclable shoe for “Generation Do”

Vancouver-based Native Shoes is exploring innovative ways to reduce its footprint

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Electric Quebec: A carbon-neutral family roadtrip

Road tripping through Quebec while piloting an electric vehicle for the first time 

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History

Guelph’s famous son: The legacy of John McCrae 

For the 150th anniversary of his birth, we reflect on the life of the Canadian soldier and poet best known for writing the poem “In Flanders Fields” 

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: what’s happening to Nechako River’s giant sturgeon?

Plus: polar bears lacking fat, lady beetles invading Quebec, rockfish conservation takes a hit and floating islands could clean feedlot runoff

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: how chaos theory can explain narwhals’ weird behaviour

Plus: size matters for female bighorn sheep, the hidden migration of North American dragonflies, helping trees move north and the great white who drew itself

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Places

How Gimli, Manitoba, became the world’s biggest Icelandic community outside Iceland

Islendingadagurinn, the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, celebrated its 133rd year in Gimli, Manitoba while recognizing Icelandic culture and heritage 

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: The “wonderful net” protecting whales and dolphins from deep-sea brain damage

Plus: wolverine genome is sequenced for first time, Arctic fish species is found to produce antifreeze, dinosaur fossil discovered showing some skin and a pesky Canadian insect is feeling the heat

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Wildlife Wednesday: Baby bobcat rescued in Nova Scotia cold, wet, but alive

Plus: Mapping North America’s sea ducks, collecting Yukon’s mosquitos, celebrating Newfoundland’s pine marten success and a rebound for Antarctica’s fin whales

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People & Culture

Inuit-led project tells the story of Inuit connections with caribou

After a total hunting ban was issued on caribou in 2013, Inuit across Labrador are sharing their experience and thoughts about caribou-related change

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Burgeoning hope for Alberta’s burrowing owls

Plus: skydiving salamanders, Canada’s returning monarch, orca blubber insights, and the woodpecker-wasp conservation dream team. 

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Wildlife

Collision course: Making Canada’s cities more bird-friendly

How one grassroots organization in Toronto makes our glass landscapes less deadly for birds.

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History

Queen Elizabeth II’s geographical connections to Canada

From noble mountains to local elementary schools, the Queen’s reign and the bonds she’s forged with Canadians are reflected across the map of Canada

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Wildlife

10 things you didn’t know about moths

An insect of many talents, here’s why moths are one of the world’s most underrated animals

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Travel

5 things to do in Niagara Falls, Canada (that aren’t just chasing waterfalls)

Discover a city and region with fascinating geography, a unique place in Canadian history, and world-class wining and dining

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Exploration

Crossing Ellesmere Island with Ray Zahab

Episode 37

The extreme explorer shares why his attempted winter traverse of the High Arctic island was one of his most challenging — and special — expeditions yet

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Perfectly preserved baby mammoth found in the Yukon

Plus: Colossal tree discovery in B.C., hope for Quebec’s musical frogs, what we can learn from ancient West Coast fish bones and Newfoundland’s Buddy Wasisname immortalized as ancient fossil!

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: SOS! Save our spirit bears!

Plus: muscle re-growing beetles, hitchhiking black widows, root farming pocket gophers and a 40th chick for the world’s oldest common loon

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Travel

Bonding with belugas and more summer adventures in Churchill, Manitoba

Encounter birds, blooms, bears and belugas on the shores of Hudson Bay

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Travel

Preserving the world’s most memorable cocktail

When it comes to the Sourtoe Cocktail, only the drinker is shaken and stirred

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Travel

Is Canada on the cusp of a tourism enlightenment?

What tourism’s shift to sustainability, reconciliation and regeneration means for the rest of us

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Travel

Bucket Listed: Canada’s grand railway hotels

Rival railway companies competed to attract visitors with hotels that recall Scottish castles, Bavarian fairy-tales, and the opulent French chateaux

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People & Culture

Adam Shoalts on his latest expedition following the birds to Canada’s North

Professional explorer and best-selling author, Adam Shoalts, discusses his three-month solo canoe journey travelling bird migration routes from southern Canada to the Arctic

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: what came first, the polar bear or the grizzly?

Plus, more news from the North: new polar bear population brings hope, Nunavik sentinel discovers new butterfly species, N.W.T. gets a new National Wildlife Area and Canada’s Arctic provides a blueprint for life on Mars.

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People & Culture

Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence Michelle Valberg appointed to Order of Canada

Valberg was recognized for her photography and philanthropy raising awareness of Canada’s North

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Wildlife

Whales in the news! Are icebreakers ruining narwhals’ summer getaway?

Are icebreakers ruining narwhals’ summer getaway? Plus, Montreal’s whale-ward minkes, Canada’s first North Atlantic right whale visit of the year, a new K pod baby, and humpback and orca continue to clash

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Wildlife

Dead or alive: A dive into the landing ban on endangered shortfin mako sharks

Under Canadian leadership, the landing ban means more sharks will survive accidental capture — but is it enough?

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Science & Tech

Designed for adventure: Apple reveals new smartwatch 

The science behind the new Apple Watch Ultra, created for explorers 

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