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Wildlife Wednesday: could traffic control for whales help prevent ship strikes?

Plus: bowhead whales spending more time in Arctic waters, Toronto Zoo’s newborn white rhino calf gets a name, bird brains are put to the test, and the pesky leafhopper that could help shed light on climate change

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: how sea otters are helping save marshes, one crab dinner at a time

Plus: blue and fin whales are mating ‘with porpoise,’ B.C. Court ruling finds an environment minister’s statement is ‘for the birds,’ hungry crustaceans chow down on live jellyfish, and why pigs wearing clothes is not the cute story you think it is

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Environment

Last bastion of ice

What the collapse of the Milne ice shelf and the loss of a rare Arctic ecosystem might teach us about a changing planet

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People & Culture

Excerpt from Where the Falcon Flies: A 3,400 km Odyssey from Lake Erie to the Arctic

Westaway Explorer-in-Residence Adam Shoalts shares a portion of his story from his 3,400 solo journey from Long Point on Lake Erie to Ungava Bay on the Arctic coast

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Travel

Rafting the Firth River with Nahanni River Adventures

Brian and Dee Keating share their incredible rafting journey in the remote Arctic tundra on a once-in-a-lifetime Canadian Geographic Adventure

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Exploration

A bridge of ice

Ken Hedges of the 1968-69 British Trans Arctic Expedition reflects on the perilous and ground-breaking journey

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Environment

Highlights from the 2022 Arctic Report Card

Warming trends continue due to human-caused climate change

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Exploration

Le roi de la plongée

Souvenir d’un périple sous la glace lors de la venue du roi Charles III dans le passage du Nord-Ouest en 1975

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Exploration

King of chill: Diving in the Arctic with the future King Charles III

Remembering a 1975 journey under the ice of the Northwest Passage with King Charles III

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Science & Tech

Finding a whale in a watery haystack

Satellite detection of whales is improving rapidly, but finding the behemoth creatures is still surprisingly tricky

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Exploration

The 2022 Expedition Insider

A behind-the-scenes look at the adventures and discoveries of the passionate explorers funded by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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People & Culture

Salmon’s Arctic expansion has communities worried

Inuvialuit fishers are adapting to rising numbers of Pacific salmon in the western Canadian Arctic, but fears remain about impacts on native species

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Inuit

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Exploration

Emily Choy stands in front of artic ice and ocean wearing a yellow lifejacket, alongside three yellow kayaks

Exploration

RCGS appoints Emily Choy as its latest Explorer-in-Residence

The Arctic researcher has a long association with the Society

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Wildlife

On silent wings: Can snowy owls survive a warming climate?

Snowy owls have evolved to survive the harsh environment of the Arctic tundra, but can they survive its warming? 

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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

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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History

Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Ada Blackjack and the Canadian invasion of Russia

A century ago, a strange drama played out on Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic. The hero of this tale? A 23-year-old Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack

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Three polar bears cast long shadows as they move across snowy Arctic scenery

Wildlife

Sinking or swimming? The challenges of polar bear research in a changing Arctic

The latest population statistics reflect the expensive, dangerous and complex nature of polar bear research — but innovative new techniques may offer a solution

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Wildlife

Mother and baby bear curl up like kidney beans in a mirror image of eachother in a grassy meadow

Wildlife

Canadian-Slovak photographer Martin Gregus wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year portfolio award

Gregus received the Rising Star Portfolio Award in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Canadian Geographic caught up with him for the story behind the photos.

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Icebergs in the Canadian High Arctic

Environment

Microplastics are turning up in Arctic ice

The discovery of microplastics in ice cores from Lancaster Sound highlights plastic pollution’s disturbing reach

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A bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

Wildlife

New research offers insight into the skin care routine of bowhead whales

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

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Science & Tech

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan to make first official visit to the Canadian High Arctic

Duncan will meet with climate change researchers and community leaders in Resolute, Nunavut

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Science & Tech

Climate change study cancelled due to climate change

A northern research expedition has been postponed until July due to unusually hazardous ice conditions

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Antarctic greening, Antarctic Peninsula, climate change

Environment

Study shows Antarctic Peninsula is greening at an unprecedented rate

Microbes and mosses have demonstrated rapid growth in the last 50 years

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People & Culture

Remembering Bill Lishman

Fly away home, Father Goose

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Left: The cover of Joanna Kafarowski's new book on Louise Arner Boyd,

Exploration

The society dame who became a polar explorer

After inheriting her family’s staggering fortune, Louise Arner Boyd organized, financed and directed seven expeditions to the Arctic — yet her contributions to polar science remain virtually unknown

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Icebergs in Pond Inlet, near Bylot Island

Travel

Gear review: Photographing Baffin Island with a Nikon D4S

See photos that will inspire you to put Baffin Island on your list of summer getaways, and read a review of the camera equipment (provided by Vistek and Nikon Canada) used to capture them

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Canada Goose Arctic Gallery at Ottawa's Canadian Museum of Nature

People & Culture

Canada Goose Arctic Gallery opens at Canadian Museum of Nature

Ottawa's Canadian Museum of Nature unveils its newest gallery, devoted to Canada's Far North

Ciarán Hinds as Sir John Franklin in Episode 3 of AMC's The Terror

History

“The Terror” recap: Episode 3

Our experts continue their discussion of the AMC series about the Franklin Expedition

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Science & Tech

Canada’s Arctic weather outposts

How the Joint Arctic Weather Stations program did more than just fill in a blank on the nation’s weather map

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A retrogressive thaw slump on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island

Environment

The big thaw

Arctic permafrost is thawing. What does that mean for the North — and the rest of us? 

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Paul Gleeson aboard the Arctic Joule

Exploration

Rowing the Northwest Passage and bearing witness to climate change

In his new book, Rowing the Northwest Passage, Canadian adventurer Kevin Vallely recounts his 2013 attempt to transit the famous Arctic route  

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Col. Chris Hadfield in the bridge of the Soviet-era icebreaker, Capitan Khlebnikov. Canadian High Arctic.

Travel

Photos: Across the Arctic with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield

Paul Colangelo shares images from his time exploring the North with the first Canadian to walk in space

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Amundsen Gjoa 1903 Northwest Passage Inuit

Exploration

Lessons from the Northwest Passage: Roald Amundsen’s experiences in the Canadian Arctic

A foremost Amundsen expert shares some highlights from famed Norwegian explorer’s 1903-06 expedition to the North Pole 

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Filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril on the sea ice in Pangnirtung, Nunavut

People & Culture

An ‘Angry Inuk’ defends the seal hunt, again

Award-winning documentary will have its Canadian TV premiere on CBC this weekend

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Ed O’Loughlin author photo Minds of Winter

People & Culture

Ed O’Loughlin’s winter mind

The Canadian-born author and newly-minted Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on his Giller Prize-nominated third novel and the allure of maps

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Exploration

New book introduces the unsung heroes of Arctic exploration

Author Ken McGoogan says his latest book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, is the “more inclusive narrative of Arctic exploration” that the 21st century demands 

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Exploration

Jill Heinerth dives into the Arctic

"Arctic on the Edge" expedition will see the RCGS' Explorer-in-Residence document the life cycle of Arctic ice and gather Inuit testimony on climate change

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