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Wildlife Wednesday: Toronto Zoo welcomes twin snow leopard cubs!

Plus: mercury rising in the North Atlantic, borers hitting Vancouver, killer whales diving on a single breath, and falcons feeling the effect of banned chemicals

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Wildlife Wednesday: does Canada need to cull wolves to save ‘baby reindeer’?

Plus: Canada’s favourite baby orca finally free, turkeys run wild in Quebec, giant prehistoric sabre-toothed salmon renamed, and Toronto Zoo is expecting a snow leopard-shaped bundle of joy

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Study reveals how Canadian songbirds change their bodies during migration

Researchers at Western University’s Advanced Facility for Avian Research explore how much songbirds’ bodies can change to fly higher when migrating

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Wildlife Wednesday: loons are suffering as water clarity diminishes

Plus: the elephant seal that keeps coming back, the fox that solved an infection mystery, and the hypersexual zombie cicadas about to emerge from the ground

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Travel

Tide and joy: New Brunswick’s culinary delights

From learning the secret of hand-dipping chocolate to dining on lobster aboard a cruise, New Brunswick’s growing food scene boasts plenty of new culinary experiences 

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Aki Kikinomakaywin: “learning on the land”

At the Aki Kikinomakaywin culture camp, Anishinaabe youth weave worldviews together, connecting with their culture and learning to see themselves in the Western sciences

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Think fast: Canada Post’s newest distribution warehouse

The new Albert Jackson Processing Centre has opened in Scarborough, Ont. and honours Toronto’s first Black letter carrier 

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Wildlife Wednesday: revealing the life of the Coast Salish woolly dog through oral histories and ancient genomics

Plus: experience life as a Toronto raccoon, red-throated loons learn an icy lesson, and orca use icebergs to scratch their itches

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: How a pandemic heli-ski shutdown expanded the range of B.C. caribou

Plus: orca don’t love metal music, orangutans get new home at Toronto Zoo, Dominica protects ‘carbon heroes’ of the sea, and crickets boost acoustic efficiency in surprising ways

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Wildlife Wednesday: what pikas — and their poop — can teach us about climate change

Plus: orcas are eating a toxic diet, southern birds are moving in on northern birds thanks to climate change, North Atlantic right whale population is steadying, and red swamp crayfish are showing up unwanted in Nova Scotia

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Wildlife Wednesday: “milestone achievement” — Bhutan records a nearly 40 per cent increase in snow leopard numbers

Plus: city lights make bird eyes smaller, killer whales play “pass the porpoise,” Atlantic walrus more at risk than ever, and grizzly bears besieged by forestry roads

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Wildlife Wednesday: do octopuses dream of underwater sheep?

Plus: Hvaldamir the spy whale, White Gladis the vengeful orca, the sparrows that switch part of their brain off, and the decayed giant washed up on P.E.I.

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Here comes the sun: Canada’s first astronomical observatory

Fredericton, home to the William Brydone Jack Observatory, will be one of the few Canadian cities to experience the total solar eclipse that crosses North America on April 8

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History

Celebrating 50 years of the Little NHL

After five decades, the Little Native Hockey League tournament continues to thrive as the largest Indigenous youth tournament in Ontario 

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History

In the Name of Humanity: Recognizing 75 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted an aspirational document articulating the foundations for human rights and dignity, but who was the Canadian that helped make it possible?

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History

“The Switzerland of America”

How the Canadian Pacific Railway turned amenity into luxury with its now-forgotten mountain hotel dining stations

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History

La trace écrite

Un regard sur le système d’identification utilisé pour contrôler les résidents chinois, à l’occasion du 100e anniversaire de la loi sur l’exclusion des Chinois

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Mapping

Découvrir Nuna, notre terre

Alors qu’on célébrera les 25 ans d’existence du Nunavut, les Inuits demandent de pouvoir décider de leur avenir.

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Science & Tech

The light stuff: Canada’s aurora borealis

Shiny auroras will fly farther south over the next 18 months

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History

Au nom de l’humanité : 75 ans depuis la proclamation de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme

Le 10 décembre 1948, les Nations unies adoptaient un document prometteur énonçant les fondements des droits de la personne et de la dignité humaine. Mais qui était le Canadien qui a contribué à la réalisation de ce document ?

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: can the mighty muskox survive its greatest test yet?

Plus: a sea lion and an octopus fight to the death, new luminescence discovered in sea cucumbers, volcanic winters may have caused dinosaur extinction, and the white bison gene is revealed.

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Environment

First-of-its-kind project is helping Canadian cities transition to net zero

Launched by the University of Waterloo, The Municipal Net-Zero Action Research Partnership (N-ZAP) is developing resources to support municipalities in their climate action plans

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Wildlife

Crossing Paths: New photography project takes aim at the impacts of transportation on wildlife

The debut campaign launched by the Canadian Conservation Photographers Collective brings awareness to threats to wildlife from roads, railway transit, ocean transportation and air traffic

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May/June 2023

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Exploration

RCGS summer exhibit PRESSURE: James Cameron Into the Abyss opens at 50 Sussex

Canadian-born filmmaker and explorer James Cameron’s submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER is the focal point of an exhibition aimed at inspiring the exploration and conservation of the ocean

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Wildlife Wednesday: invasive “vampire fish” exploding across Great Lakes

Plus: following a whale fall, encountering a great white shark in New Brunswick, pushing to protect the marbled murrelet, and uncovering a fossilized fight to the death

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Travel

Portland’s craft beer revolution

A taste of North America’s best beer  — plus where to eat, what to do and where to stay in Portland, Oregon

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Travel

The statues that move us

From New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty to the famous Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, these are some of the world’s most captivating statues

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People & Culture

Canadian Geographic’s Live Net Zero families bring the heat for challenge number three

The eight competing families explore ways to sustainably heat and cool their homes, from heat pumps to smart thermostats to geothermal systems

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People & Culture

Great expectations: King Charles III and his commitment to Indigenous Peoples

King Charles III has shown that he is prepared to listen to — and learn from — Indigenous Peoples

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: how bees are helping to solve elephant-human conflict in Africa

Plus: cross-border salmon tension, a clue in the eastern wolf debate, the role of weather in bison migration and evidence a near-mythical wolf once roamed Canada

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History

The surprising pieces of history inside King Charles III’s coronation carriage

A relic from the lost Franklin Expedition, along with other pieces of polar exploration history, will accompany King Charles III to his coronation

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Places

Castleguard Cave recognized as a globally significant Key Biodiversity Area

Thanks to a sightless, translucent creature, Canada’s most famous cave is being recognized for its unique species and harsh ecosystem

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Environment

Mapping 100 years of forest fires in Canada

How exceptional is Canada’s 2023 fire season? Unprecedented, according to a map of the past century of fire activity

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Arctic fox “green thumb” effect on tundra can be seen from space

Plus: record-breaking polar bears in Churchill, problem-solving racoons in Vancouver, and the urban song sparrows-turned super dads.

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Wildlife Wednesday: B.C. big tree hunter finds “Canada’s most impressive tree”

Plus: wild pigs crossing into N.W.T, AI listening to bee buzz, bowhead whales breaking pregnancy records, and horseshoe crabs paying price for medicinal blood

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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: John England

 The 2022 Massey medallist has dedicated his career to documenting environmental change in the Arctic

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Pandemic Perspectives: Finding peace amongst the birch

Being unplugged and on the land gave my family the chance to reset 

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Pandemic Perspectives: Parked Life

When the pandemic hit, urban Canadians hit the parks. But are urban parks accessible to all?

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Toronto Zoo animals threatened by wildlife smoke

Plus: Rapidly evolving cod, surprise science, two new bird monitoring stations and how to protect clams against extreme heat 

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Wildlife Wednesday: mammoth meatballs and Tyrannosaurus lips!

Plus: the true history of horses in North America, herring spawning in new waters, and how to protect road-crossing salamanders 

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Mapping

Life before Lake Huron

An underwater drone is helping reconstruct submerged landscapes inhabited by people in the early Holocene

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Exploration

Artist Chris Cran’s Explore exhibition highlights Canadian explorers

Whyte Museum showcases prominent fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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