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

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Racing for Survival: Ontario’s blue racer

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

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The Experimental Lakes Area research facility is made of up 58 boreal lakes that sit on the Canadian shield. (Photo: IISD Experimental Lakes Area)

Environment

When a lake is better than a lab

Studies conducted at the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario have impacted environmental decision-making around the world

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A scene of mountains, forest and glacial lake

Environment

To effectively protect wilderness, Canada must get strategic, researchers say

As time runs out for Canada to meet its 2020 conservation targets, a new study aims to help governments and the public identify priority areas for protection

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A savannah sparrow

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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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Centimetre-long brine shrimp

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Tiny shrimp may be stirring up the oceans

New research suggests that swarms of migrating crustaceans have a big impact on ocean mixing

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Richmond B.C. fishing fleet at sunset

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Dozens of Canadian fish stocks in critical condition: report

Advocacy group says action plans are urgently needed for the recovery of 26 dangerously depleted fish populations

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Frozen tissue samples at national biodiversity cryobank of canada

Science & Tech

Inside the National Biodiversity Cryobank of Canada, a DNA “library of life”

As its one-year anniversary approaches, the cryobank at the Canadian Museum of Nature is ready to grow its collection of plant and animal tissues

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Nathalie Lasselin, RCGS Fellows, diving, exploration

People & Culture

Six more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From putting the “Canada” back in an iconic species’ name to studying a massive iceberg-calving Antarctic iceshelf, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in 2018

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Tagish Lake meteorite in lab at U of A

Science & Tech

Canadian meteorite sheds light on a Martian mystery

A new study suggests Mars’ moons are actually chunks of the red planet itself, and not captured asteroids as previously believed

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Parks Canada archeologists stand behind burnt remains of bison skull and bones after the Kenow wildfire, Waterton Lakes National Park. (Parks Canada)

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Archeologists uncover new history in Waterton Lakes National Park after 2017 wildfire

Lead archeologist Bill Perry discusses the latest findings and what they reveal about the region

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University of Toronto, Meric Gertler, Fellow, RCGS

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Meric Gertler

The University of Toronto president is a world leader in urban theory and the geography of innovation, creativity and culture in city centres

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A Fowler's toad

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Hibernation habits of Ontario toad hold climate change clues

For the past 140 years, Fowler's toads have been slowly shortening their underground winter hibernation

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polar bear hunting in melt ponds

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Most polar bear attacks on people occur when bears are starving, study finds

Researchers suggest effects of climate change could increase number of attacks, which historically have been low

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A humpback whale breaches off the Gaspé peninsula

Wildlife

How photos and videos are changing whale research across Canada

To save whales, we first have to understand them. Here are three Canadian projects aimed at doing just that.

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A screenshot from Explore.org and Polar Bears International's live underwater beluga webcam

Wildlife

Watch Manitoba beluga whales frolic — for science

Live underwater webcam captures the antics of the lovable whales, but also provides important insight into beluga biology

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Canadian neuroscientist to embark on Antarctic leadership expedition

Dr. Catherine Sorbara is the sole Canadian participating in Homeward Bound 2018, an annual three-week-long expedition in Antarctica aimed at bolstering women leaders in STEMM

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