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Our cities are for the birds

Urban and migratory birds rely on city spaces to rest and recharge; here’s how you can help

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Animal Facts: Rock ptarmigan

As a seasonally camouflaged species, the rock ptarmigan has brown plumage in the summer and white plumage in the winter to blend in with its surroundings.  …

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The accidentals: Mapping the bird “vagrants” that found themselves far from home

How data is helping us understand why these birds are being found outside of their geographical range

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Wildlife Wednesday: new technique produces much needed female wood bison calves at Toronto Zoo

Plus: “bees of the sea” are pollinating underwater plants, snow geese are bouncing back hard, Greenland sharks are appearing in unlikely waters and birds are proving smarter than ever

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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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Canada‘s largest EVER private conservation project

Also: Climate changed restaurant menus, sandhill cranes in New Brunswick, bears waking up from their slumber — and a pesky woodpecker hits Canada where it hurts

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Migration in the time of climate change

New technology is helping researchers understand how birds time their migrations when the seasons send mixed signals

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Arctic tern on Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick

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Should we kill one bird to save another?

On New Brunswick’s Machias Seal Island, predatory gulls are pushing endangered Arctic tern colonies to the brink, creating a dilemma for wildlife managers

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Can you hear me now? Prairie songbirds change their tune to cope with human noise

Study finds birds near noisy sites are stressed out and struggling to adapt

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How citizen scientists solved a migration mystery

No one knew golden eagles in the Yukon and Alaska migrated along the Rockies’ front ranges, until an avid birder noticed something strange

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The cover and an inside panel of Angel Catbird

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Margaret Atwood’s new ‘Angel Catbird’ is a comic book with a cause

The celebrated Canadian novelist's first foray into comics is for the birds. But also the cats. 

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Remote paradise: The wonder of B.C.’s Triangle Island

Off the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, an isolated speck of “inhospitable” land is home and sanctuary to millions of seabirds

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Rise of the synanthropes

Synanthropes: wild animals that live near and benefit from humans. An exploration of why some species thrive among us, and how urban planners are managing their increasing numbers. 

grizzly bear on train tracks in Banff National Park

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Dinner is served

Wildlife is figuring out that human infrastructure helps with the hunt

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Inside the mysterious decline of Earth’s insects

Insects are by far the most populous species on the planet, but they seem to be disappearing. Why aren’t more people concerned?

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A researcher holds a Canada warbler that has been fitted with a tiny geolocator

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Report calls for international cooperation to protect migratory birds

Organizations would like to see at least 50 per cent of the boreal forest protected from industrial development

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Sable Island: It’s for the birds

The majority of bird species sighted on the Atlantic island are “vagrants” far outside their ordinary range 

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