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I am Mutehekau Shipu: A river’s journey to personhood in eastern Quebec

In February 2021, the world was introduced to Mutehekau Shipu — also known as the Magpie River — when the people of Ekuanitshit, Que. and the regional municipality made a joint declaration granting the river legal personhood and rights. The declaration carries broad implications for the fight to protect nature across Canada and around the world.

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Travel

Born of the bayou

How a massive volunteer effort restored the health of Clam Bayou on Florida’s Gulf Coast

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Leach's storm petrels fly above rough sea

Wildlife

Walrus watching, sleepy bats and lost petrels

Plus: protecting Canada’s caribou and the struggle of the black spruce

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Climate strike Victoria BC

Environment

Why Canada should recognize its citizens’ environmental rights

David Boyd, a Canadian environmental lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, reveals how recognizing the human right to a healthy environment can spur positive action for the planet

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Travel

Disc golf is the sport you should take up this summer

Often seen as a fringe sport, disc golf is a challenging yet accessible activity that takes players to unique natural spaces

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Travel

Lords of the forest: Walking among New Zealand’s kauri trees

Kauri trees were logged to the brink in the 19th and 20th centuries and are now vulnerable to a fungal disease, but new Maori-led stewardship programs offer hope for New Zealand’s forest giants

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Chasing icebergs in Newfoundland

Newly-revamped “Iceberg Finder” makes it easy for visitors to find the best spots in Newfoundland for iceberg viewing 

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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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The skull of Xenoceratops foremostensis

Environment

Five fascinating specimens from the Canadian Museum of Nature’s vast collection

Curators and research scientists at the museum’s Natural Heritage Campus in Gatineau, Que. share their favourite specimens ahead of annual open house

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People & Culture

10 amazing photos of autumn in Canada from Can Geo’s Photo Club

From misty mornings to bright fall foliage, these photos highlight the beauty of the season

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People & Culture

Six Canadians receive grants for projects to get youth active in nature

The projects, all led by young women, range in theme from camping to climate change mitigation

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caribou in nunavut

Wildlife

Study finds half of Canada’s vertebrate wildlife species are in decline

Habitat loss, pollution, climate change have all contributed to steep declines of some species since 1970 

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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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Greater sage grouse

Wildlife

Survey finds Canadians support limiting human activity to save endangered species — up to a point

Biologists wanted to know what Canadians would be willing to sacrifice in the name of conservation

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Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador

Travel

Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge: A luxury retreat in the transition zone

Between rainforest and cloud forest, a serene sanctuary awaits

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bluefin, bluefin tuna documentary

Wildlife

Bluefin tuna in Atlantic Canada are no longer afraid of humans — and that’s a bad sign

A new documentary portrays the remarkable species as a symbol of a “precariously broken” ocean ecosystem

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Environment

Butterflies come alive in Ottawa

The Canadian Museum of Nature's new Butterflies in Flight exhibit lets visitors mingle with dozens of the insects

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