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boreal forest

A woman in a blue shirt stands next to the water

Environment

Valérie Courtois on what she hopes will come out of COP15: “to save the world”

The Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative discusses COP15, the importance of the boreal forest and the vital role of Indigenous-led conservation and stewardship

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Environment

Vanishing birdsong: How climate change is altering Canada’s soundscape

Indigenous conservationists are listening in to track the impacts of climate change on the boreal forest

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Boreal forest landscape near Fort McMurray, Alta.

Environment

Alberta creates new provincial park, adding to world’s largest stretch of protected boreal forest

The newly created Birch River Wildland Park joins a network of parks preserving an area of boreal wilderness twice the size of Vancouver Island

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A boreal caribou cow nurses her calf in northeastern B.C.

Wildlife

Critical habitat for boreal woodland caribou still unprotected six months after deadline

Environmental groups frustrated by lack of action on the part of the provinces 

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Boreal wetland in the Northwest Territories

Environment

Canada’s boreal wetlands are key to fighting climate change: report

A new report from the Boreal Songbird Initiative calls for enhanced protection of wetlands within Canada's boreal forest

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birds

Wildlife

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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biodiversity

conservation

endangered species

Ryan Wolfe is the lead researcher on a conservation project aimed at saving Ontario's most endangered snake, the blue racer.

Wildlife

Racing for Survival: Ontario’s blue racer

One man’s endeavour to save the province’s most endangered snake

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research

An eelgrass meadow, a type of seagrass found in the northern hemisphere including in Boundary Bay, British Columbia shown here at low tide. (Photo: Katie Tjaden-McClement)

Environment

Protecting Canada’s hidden “meadows of the sea”

Collaborative research is uncovering the secrets of coastal seagrass beds to help keep them healthy

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oceans

Three long-finned pilot whales swim in a cerulean blue sea

Environment

Canada announces ban on industrial activities in marine protected areas

Oil and gas extraction, mining, dumping among prohibited activities in ecologically sensitive areas set aside for conservation

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Johnson Sea Link research sub

Environment

Reflections on water, the “lethal, limitless, life-giving frontier”

A pioneering deep-sea explorer shares thoughts on the nature and meaning of water

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We are the oceans descendents

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Dax Justin

The people and landscapes of Haida Gwaii opened my eyes to the fact that we all rely on the ocean

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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

Places

Gwaii Haanas set to expand protected waters

Lengthy education campaign achieved compromise between fishing industry, environmental advocates

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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

Wildlife

New fishing rules aim to protect Gulf of St. Lawrence right whales

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? 

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Wildlife

A wolverine walks across the snow

Wildlife

Wolverine: Tracking the elusive trickster

The trickster hero — ferocious, clever and strong — will need all of its ingenuity to continue to flourish

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Environment

Environment

Severn Cullis-Suzuki on a path forward for the environment

Episode 34

The new executive director of the David Suzuki Foundation discusses her viral moment as a young environmental activist and the link between language and stewardship of the land

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Environment

Harvey Locke on COP26 and why “nature needs half”

Episode 25

The UN Climate Change Conference taking place now in Glasgow might be the planet’s last best chance to prevent a climate and biodiversity catastrophe, according to one of the world’s foremost conservationists

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Aerial shot of a forest garden

Environment

Seeing the garden through the trees: The Indigenous forest gardens of coastal B.C.

The discovery of the 150-year-old Ts’msyen and Coast Salish garden sites — and their still-booming biodiversity — could provide fresh inspiration for both land management and food security solutions

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David Schindler

Environment

Celebrating the life of renowned Canadian-American scientist David Schindler

Schindler conducted numerous groundbreaking studies during his career in efforts to protect freshwater around the world

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Environment

The sixth extinction

The planet is in the midst of drastic biodiversity loss that some experts think may be the next great species die-off. How did we get here and what can be done about it?

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A female scuba diver holds a light up to anemones during a night dive

Exploration

Canadian diver named 2019 North American Rolex Scholar

Meet Neha Acharya-Patel, the first Canadian recipient of the prestigious Rolex scholarship from the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society

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Environment

Alanna Mitchell on 10 years of ”Sea Sick”

Episode 8

Ten years after the release of her bestselling book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, the acclaimed science writer doubles down on her call for action on climate change

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Plastic bottles and recyclables

Environment

Environmental groups unite to demand a zero-plastic waste future for Canada

In a declaration released in advance of this weekend’s G7 summit, more than 40 environmental groups have challenged Canada to achieve zero plastic waste by 2025

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Endangered caribou

Environment

Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection

Decisions around where to establish new protected areas in Canada should consider wildlife and ecosystem health first

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Parks Canada red Muskoka chairs on a snowy slope overlooking the Banff townsite

Places

Parks Canada to take ‘nature first’ approach to managing national parks

Responding to feedback from Canadians, environment minister Catherine McKenna promised a renewed focus on science and conservation for Canada's protected places

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Duo Lakes near the Snake River in the Peel watershed area in Yukon.

Environment

In the Supreme Court’s Peel watershed decision, signs of hope for a new land power paradigm

To many, the Yukon appears to be the vanguard of a growing Indigenous land power movement in Canada centred mostly in the North

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Bigleaf maple leaves on a leaf press

Science & Tech

Stopping timber thieves with DNA

Volunteers are collecting samples from bigleaf maples to prevent illegal logging

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Ground fog in the Great Bear Rainforest

Environment

Protecting forests, in the name of the Queen

An ambitious legacy project called the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy unites forest conservation projects in the Commonwealth countries 

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Comfort Maple in Fenwick, Ont., fall colours

Environment

Seven iconic Canadian trees

In a nation of forests, these trees stand head and shoulders above the rest

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Grand Chief Herb Norwegian of the Dehcho First Nations

Environment

Dehcho Grand Chief honoured for bold conservation approach

Herb Norwegian, Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations, is the recipient of this year’s Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize

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More than 10,000 people visit the Canada-Wide Science Fair each year.

Environment

Meet five young scientists taking on major environmental issues

These finalists in the 57th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair prove the future is in good hands

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and PJ Akeeagok Victor Bay, Nunavut

Environment

Feds and Inuit governments collaborate on new High Arctic marine protections

Groups agree to plan to conserve the High Arctic Basin, while Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area becomes official

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salmon run British Columbia Vancouver Cambie bridge

Environment

High-tech art to bring B.C.’s annual salmon run to downtown Vancouver

Uninterrupted, a digital art installation planned for Vancouver's Cambie Street Bridge, hopes to inspire conservation efforts

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Plains bison with their calves in banff national park

Places

Back where they belong

Nearly wiped out in Alberta in the 1800s, plains bison are making a historic return to Banff National Park 

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Environment

Q&A: A Canadian river conservation leader on protecting our waterways

Mark Angelo, founder of BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, shares insights on his love of rivers, his forthcoming film and what can be done to protect the planet’s waterways

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Environment

Policy reforms needed to protect science from political interference, study says

Recent challenges to evidence-based policy in Canada and the United States highlight a need for more transparency and advocacy for government scientists, study authors say

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A monarch butterfly on a flower

Environment

Researchers pinpoint monarch butterfly birthplaces to help conserve species

New data could help coordinate conservation efforts across three countries

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grass and water stretches out to a treeline with mountains behind

Environment

Excerpt from Crossing The Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada’s Northern Rockies

Wayne Sawchuk's latest book recounts his transformation from a logger and trapper into an ardent conservationist

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Toad River in the Muskwa-Kechika region of B.C.

Environment

Muskwa-Kechika: An opportunity for bold conservation action

By protecting the Muskwa-Kechika, a vast, wild region of mountains, glaciers, and boreal forest in north-central B.C., we can create a climate refuge for vulnerable species

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Transient killer whale jumping

Environment

Proposal to reopen commercial seal hunt in B.C. could have consequences for transient killer whales

A controversial proposal to reopen the seal hunt in B.C. might boost numbers of chinook salmon, but at the expense of other marine mammals, says a UBC professor

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A polar bear wades in the Arctic as snow falls

Wildlife

Canada must step up action to conserve polar bears: report

New report from the WWF calls for increased international cooperation on polar bear conservation

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A radio transmitter is attached to a northern saw-whet owl (brooksi subspecies) near the community of Skidegate in Haida Gwaii, B.C., in 2010. The species is unique to the archipelago and was listed as threatened in the latest COSEWIC assessment of endangered wildlife.

Wildlife

Five things you may have missed in the latest COSEWIC assessment

Whether it's lampreys on Vancouver Island or a rare moth on the Prairies, the latest assessment from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada provides a snapshot of the nation's fragile and fascinating species

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Banff wildlife overpass, anniversary, national park, bear, wolf, elk, cougar

Wildlife

As Banff’s famed wildlife overpasses turn 20, the world looks to Canada for conservation inspiration

The innovative structures are heralded for having opened migration corridors and saved countless animals from vehicle collisions

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bear 148 in banff national park

Wildlife

A lament for Bear 148

In spite of the best efforts of researchers and wildlife managers, the life of Bear 148 was destined to be cut prematurely short

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Lancaster Sound map

Mapping

Mapping the Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area

Two visions of the landmark proposed marine protected region

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