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Wildlife

Into the wintry kingdom of the Canada lynx

In the boreal forest, where secretive lynx depend on the snowshoe hare to survive, climate change threatens to upset this longstanding predator-prey relationship

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Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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A purple martin silhouetted in flight against a blue sky

Wildlife

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

Wildlife

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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A portrait of Jane Goodall

Environment

Q&A: Watch Jane Goodall discuss her groundbreaking work

The pioneering primatologist talks about her time with chimpanzees, what inspired her to become an activist and what individuals can do to help the planet

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Wildlife

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Wildlife

Giant goldfish worry Alberta authorities

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Wildlife

Q&A: Author J.B. MacKinnon on “rewilding” Canada

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Ederney Gonzales, one of the people who discovered Red Rockette

Wildlife

Tracking sea turtles

International grassroots organizations unite over turtle conservation

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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Wildlife

Wildife Wednesday: What’s going on with Stanley Park’s coyotes?

Plus: Bacterial “first responders,” modelling cod and more marmots

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Travel

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People & Culture

Author Emma Donoghue on pandemic novels and our attraction to them

The Irish-Canadian novelist muses on the parallels between the 1918 pandemic and the one happening now

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Environment

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People & Culture

The cod delusion

A moratorium on cod fishing that was supposed to last two years has now lasted 30. What will it take to rebuild cod stocks — and a way of life?

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People & Culture

The truth about polar bears

Depending on whom you ask, the North’s sentinel species is either on the edge of extinction or an environmental success story. An in-depth look at the complicated, contradictory and controversial science behind the sound bites

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A closeup of the Snuxyaltwa pole at the ancient village of Talyu, in B.C.'s Bella Coola Valley

People & Culture

The resurgence of the Nuxalk

In British Columbia’s Bella Coola Valley, the next generation of Nuxalk culture-keepers and Guardian Watchmen is establishing a new paradigm for Indigenous rights

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People & Culture

RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship in Toronto

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John Geiger, Brian May, Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Wendy Cecil backstage at the Scotiabank Arena on July 28, 2019

People & Culture

Queen’s Brian May receives RCGS medal in Toronto

The rock legend, space scientist and author honoured for outstanding contributions to cultural and physical geography

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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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People & Culture

The poetry and resilience of Colombia’s Magdalena River

An exclusive excerpt from renowned Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis’ new book Magdalena: River of Dreams, about the iconic waterway that has shaped the geography, culture and people of Colombia

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History

Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – Part 3: The rise of the Métis

Episode 15

Indigenous rights lawyer and author Jean Teillet reveals how the struggle to dominate the fur trade led to the rise of a distinct people in Canada: the Métis

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People & Culture

How South Sudanese child soldiers found a new life in Alberta

Episode 39

Former child soldiers who fought in Sudan during Africa’s bloodiest civil war eventually found refuge in Canada — many of them in Brooks, Alta. Anthropologist, author and journalist Carol Berger shares their stories.

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Fishermen hauling up cod in a net

Environment

Study of 500 years of cod catch data shows collapse could have been avoided

Canada missed a chance to rebuild northern cod stocks in the 1980s, highlighting the importance of taking a long view of fisheries management, researchers say

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Places

Marine protected areas

Interactive map and personal reflection from author Alanna Mitchell

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Andy McKinnon

Places

Canada’s first national urban park

It’s an ambitious plan: take the traditional Parks Canada wilderness concept and plunk it in the country’s largest city. But can Toronto’s Rouge National Urban Park help balance city life with wildlife?

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The St. Lawrence river may be beautiful, but the land that lines it holds treasures too

Travel

Four highlights to visit along the St. Lawrence

Castles, cash and canals on the St. Lawrence

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Meghan Greeley as Lucy Maud Montgomery in Historica Canada's newest Heritage Minute

People & Culture

New Heritage Minute reveals the secret life of Lucy Maud Montgomery

Though beloved for her books featuring plucky heroines, the celebrated novelist privately battled depression and the sexist attitudes of the early 20th century

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People & Culture

Elder Norman Fleury – The history of the Michif language

Episode 5

The author of the Michif Dictionary takes us on a deep dive into the history of the Michif language from its earliest roots in the fur trade up to the present day

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History

The untold story of the Hudson’s Bay Company

A look back at the early years of the 350-year-old institution that once claimed a vast portion of the globe

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University at Buffalo PhD candidate Alia Lesnek at a sampling site on Suemez Island. Photo: Jason Briner

People & Culture

First North American peoples may have arrived by sea, study finds

Researchers studying the history of ice sheets around northern British Columbia found that a coastal migration route may have been a pathway to North America 

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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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Douglas Coupland vortex Vancouver Aquarium ocean plastic Haida Gwaii

People & Culture

Douglas Coupland on the dark side of plastic

The renowned Canadian artist and bestselling author discusses how his love of plastic morphed into an art exhibit about ocean pollution

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Mapping

Which Canadian city has the worst traffic?

Next to the weather, there's nothing Canadians like to complain about more than traffic.

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Mapping

A cartographic historian on the fascinating world of ancient maps and sea monsters

Chet Van Duzer, a cartographic historian and the author of Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps analyses Paolo Forlani's 1560 world map – the first known instance of the name "Canada" appearing on a printed map

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Mapping

The environmental threat of Canada’s shipwrecks

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People & Culture

Presenting the 2019 RCGS award winners

In celebration of its 90th year, the RCGS handed out awards to a diverse and star-studded roster of honourees

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The focus of North America’s first natural resource stampede, beaver pelts attracted legions of traders

Wildlife

Rethinking the beaver

Has there ever been a national symbol more loathed or misunderstood? Has there ever been a more important time for the beaver to flourish?

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Wildlife

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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Wildlife

Researchers urge summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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Wildlife

Threatened Ontario plant more unique than previously thought

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Wildlife

Receding ice causing longer swims for polar bears

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Wildlife

Throwback Thursday: our long legacy of Canadian bird coverage

Canadian Geographic’s managing editor Nick Walker looks back at bird feature in May 1930 issue of the magazine

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Common loon with babies

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Is the iconic loon in trouble?

Plus: Cross-dressing hummingbirds, tracking genetically modified animals, and Arctic “junk food”

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Wildlife

Egyptian scientists discover new species of ancient four-legged whale

The predatory whale’s scientific name pays tribute to Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death

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Wildlife

How Canada is fighting illegal fishing

Illegal fishing is one of the greatest challenges to ensuring the sustainability of ocean resources, says Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Wildlife

Playing for belugas

Artists aim to connect with beluga whales through music

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People & Culture

State of the marijuana nation

One year post-legalization, a look at Canada’s changing relationship with pot

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Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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Science & Tech

How artificial intelligence can help crisis managers respond during extreme weather events

Artificial intelligence combines with social-media analysis to inform first responders and scientists

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Science & Tech

Researchers press for summer closures of two East Coast fishing grounds to help protect North Atlantic right whale

Population of the endangered whale estimated at 525 

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Empty highway 401 Toronto

People & Culture

The world’s population is probably going to decline. Here’s what that means for Canada

The authors of a provocative new book, Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline, explain why statisticians have it wrong when it comes to population trends 

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People & Culture

Q&A: Tom Hawthorn on 1967, the year we went crazy for Canada

The author of a new book, The Year Canadians Lost Their Minds and Found Their Country, discusses the lasting impact of Canada's Centennial year

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Travel

Mapping the performance of Canadian airlines

Which Canadian airline is most likely to get you to your destination on time?

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Travel

Montreal among top bike sharing cities

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Travel

Bumblebees in space

A recent study suggests bees might be the key to expeditions to Mars

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Wade Davis addresses the 2017 Royal Canadian Geographical Society College of Fellows Dinner

People & Culture

Eight big moments from the 2017 RCGS Fellows Dinner and AGM

Exploration, education, new Fellows and the launch of RCGS Resolute: here are some of the highlights from the 2017 RCGS Fellows Dinner and AGM

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Melville Island viewed from Cowie's Hill looking toward Halifax. (Illustration: George Parkyns)

History

The many faces of Melville Island

Author Brian Cuthbertson describes the history of Melville Island

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People & Culture

Our favourite books of 2018

Memoirs, a graphic novel and the biography of a famous ship are among Canadian Geographic's choices for the 14 best books of the year

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Three hikers stand with arms around each other looking at a waterfall

Environment

We need the wild — and it needs us

The author, conservationist and nature-deficit expert Richard Louv on the importance of connecting with the natural world

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Dundas street sign with stop light and stop sign

People & Culture

Renaming places: how Canada is reexamining the map

The history behind the Dundas name change and how Canadians are reckoning with place name changes across the country — from streets to provinces

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People & Culture

Kahkiihtwaam ee-pee-kiiweehtataahk: Bringing it back home again

The story of how a critically endangered Indigenous language can be saved

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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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People & Culture

World traveller Michael Palin receives RCGS Gold

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John Geiger, rcgs, CEO, University of Calgary, honorary degree

People & Culture

John Geiger receives the University of Calgary’s highest honour

The bestselling author and RCGS CEO has been given the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws

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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Shelagh Grant

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People & Culture

Remembering internationally acclaimed researcher, RCGS Fellow Shelagh Dawn Grant

Grant was the first woman historian to receive the Northern Science Award

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Environment

Green spaces crucial, but a challenge says 2020 Parks Report

The 2020 Canadian City Parks Report looks at challenges and opportunties for Canada's parks under a COVID-19 lens

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Heinrich Scherer's 1702 chart of the North Pole

People & Culture

Why the North Pole matters: An important history of challenges and global fascination

In this essay, noted geologist and geophysicist Fred Roots explores the significance of the symbolic point at the top of the world. He submitted it to Canadian Geographic just before his death in October 2016 at age 93.

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great blue heron standing in a river

Environment

Can Geo’s favourite books about rivers

For World Rivers Day, we've compiled a list of must-read books about rivers

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Environment

Alexandra Morton on her battle to save wild salmon

The B.C. based biologist reflects on her decades long fight to preserve the ecosystem she calls home

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