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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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Three polar bears cast long shadows as they move across snowy Arctic scenery

Wildlife

Sinking or swimming? The challenges of polar bear research in a changing Arctic

The latest population statistics reflect the expensive, dangerous and complex nature of polar bear research — but innovative new techniques may offer a solution

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: what came first, the polar bear or the grizzly?

Plus, more news from the North: new polar bear population brings hope, Nunavik sentinel discovers new butterfly species, N.W.T. gets a new National Wildlife Area and Canada’s Arctic provides a blueprint for life on Mars.

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Polar bear and cub on green tundra

Wildlife

Previously stable population of polar bears now in decline, study finds

The number of polar bears living around southern Hudson Bay has dropped by nearly a fifth since 2011

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Wildlife

New Canadian research confirms polar bears use crosswinds to sniff out their food

Scientists predict a warming climate could increase wind speeds and alter the animal’s ability to hunt

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Wildlife

Behind the image: the cover of Best Wildlife Photography 2018

Photographer Daisy Gilardini talks about polar bears in Wapusk National Park and her Best Wildlife Photography 2018 cover shot

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Mapping bear ranges around the world

Canada boasts three of the world’s eight bear species. This brightly-coloured map helps show where they all range.

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Wildlife

The amazing sea wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest

First Nations and scientists work side by side to better understand — and protect — coastal wolves living in the Great Bear Rainforest

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Wildlife

Polar bear numbers predicted to plummet

Loss of sea-ice habitat due to climate warming has been highlighted as the single most important threat to the long-term survival of polar bears

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Wildlife

Grizzly population doubles in part of Alberta

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Wildlife

The illegal wildlife trade is a biodiversity apocalypse

An estimated annual $175-billion business, the illegal trade in wildlife is the world’s fourth-largest criminal enterprise. It stands to radically alter the animal kingdom.

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Wildlife

Swimming polar bears

Meet the newest polar bear cubs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, and watch an adult polar bear swim underwater

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Paul Nicklen’s latest book, Born To Ice, is a collection of the photographer’s best images from his two-decade career documenting polar scenery and megafauna, including emperor penguins in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Wildlife

Following the footprints of polar wildlife with photographer Paul Nicklen

Nicklen marries art, science and conservation in new book Born To Ice

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Glacier bear

Wildlife

A most mysterious bear

The elusive “glacier bear” of northwestern B.C. and southeastern Alaska remains a genetic mystery 

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Exploration

New book introduces the unsung heroes of Arctic exploration

Author Ken McGoogan says his latest book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, is the "more inclusive narrative of Arctic exploration" that the 21st century demands 

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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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Kids

Charlene Bearhead on the role of education in truth and reconciliation

The former Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on moving from apology to action in Canada’s 150th year  

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Northern gannets in Gaspé

Travel

Editors’ picks: Our top travel experiences of 2017

Can Geo editors reveal their favourite destinations and travel experiences from the past year to help inspire your next adventure in Canada and beyond

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Wildlife

Infographic: Fun facts about Canada’s bear species

Canada is home to three species of bear, each with their own unique characteristics and habits

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Wildlife

Receding ice causing longer swims for polar bears

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A grizzly bear lies dead on the side of the road

Wildlife

Animal crossing: Reconnecting North America’s most important wildlife corridor

This past summer an ambitious wildlife under/overpass system broke ground in B.C. on a deadly stretch of highway just west of the Alberta border. Here’s how it happened.

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Travel

Eco-tourism and adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest

Nimmo Bay resort thoughtfully blends luxury with concern for the surrounding wilderness

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Grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Wildlife

Walking British Columbia’s “Bear Highway”

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Polar Bear near Beechey Island, Nunavut.

Wildlife

Counting polar bears by satellite

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Mapping

‘Absolutely catastrophic:’ Hit hard by pandemic, ecotourism needs help

Remote locations and international clientele make the industry particularly vulnerable

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Mapping

Tools for navigating in the North

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Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Biodiversity and our oceans

Two adventurers have extended their stay in isolation in Svalbard, Norway to continue gathering wildlife observations in the remote Arctic

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Canada’s Coolest School Trip building a teepee in Riding Mountain National Park

Kids

Bison, teepees and black bears: Canada’s Coolest School Trip takes a deeper dive into Riding Mountain National Park

Highlights from day two of Canada’s Coolest School Trip

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Wildlife

Early results of polar bear-eider relationship studies ‘surprising,’ say researchers

As polar bears move inland earlier across parts of the Arctic, they're geting a taste for eider eggs 

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Wildlife

Photos: Bear witness

Celebrating a springtime ritual of polar bear cubs emerging from the dens of Manitoba's famed Wapusk National Park

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Wildlife

Review of Spirit Bear Family documentary

“In these dark, ancient forests, lives a creature of legend.” Thus begins a new wildlife documentary about the elusive Kermode bear.

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Science & Tech

Innovative techniques monitor polar bears without disturbing them

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Wildlife

Throwback Thursday: Canada’s bear obsession

A history of bears on the cover of Canadian Geographic

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Wildlife

Polar bears may die out this century, says new research

Researchers are already seeing the effects of climate change on polar bear reproduction

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Wildlife

Churchill’s “polar bear jail” getting crowded with inmates

The polar bear jail in Churchill, Man. is seeing more inmates than usual

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Wildlife

Wildlife tourism more profitable than hunting

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Wildlife

Grizzly bear F148 continues to offer insight into human-bear relationship

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Wildlife

Research looks into whether grizzlies are tool savvy

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Wildlife

Canadian polar bear expert awarded lifetime achievement prize

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A grizzly with two cubs (Photo: Michelle Valberg/CanGeo Photo Club)

Wildlife

B.C. bears could face tough winter

Bears could be facing a tough winter after an early berry season and a fall salmon run that was projected to be low.

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Wildlife

Photos: Polar bear cubs

Photographer Greg Harvey on what it's like to capture a young polar bear's first forays into the world

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Before they become majestic and dangerous eating machines, bears are adorable. (Photo: Terri Shaddick/Can Geo Photo Club)

Wildlife

10 adorable photos of baby bears

Before they grow into dangerous and majestic apex predators, bears are ridiculously cute

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People & Culture

Seven more amazing things RCGS Fellows are up to this year

From a solo ski and mountain-climbing expedition to the South Pole to a project that mapped portions of Devon Island’s coasts for the first time, see what just a few of the RCGS’s Fellows have been working on in late 2018

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People & Culture

Circumnavigating Ellesmere Island by kayak and ski

Jon Turk shares an excerpt from his new book Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild

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Wildlife

The bears of Khutzeymateen Provincial Park

Photographer Michelle Valberg showcases her stunning pictures from within Canada's only grizzly sanctuary

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Wildlife

Video of the week: Mountie chases black bear

Could this video be more Canadian?

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Wildlife

Photos: Grizzly bears of B.C.’s Khutzeymateen

Photographer-In-Residence Michelle Valberg takes us on her photography expedition to the famed grizzly sanctuary 

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Wildlife

Video of the week: Wild bear that walks like a human

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Wildlife

Excerpt from Ice Walker: A Polar Bear’s Journey Through the Fragile Arctic

From bestselling author James Raffan comes an enlightening and original story about a polar bear’s precarious existence in the changing Arctic

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Wildlife

Meals without seals: How polar bears will have to adapt to life on land

As polar bears spend more time on land as a result of melting ice, they will have to shift their diets in order to survive

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Bamsebu cabin in Svalbard, Norway

Science & Tech

Q&A: How isolation in the remote High Arctic can have valuable lessons for our changing world

Adventurers Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm, founders of Hearts in the Ice, return to Svalbard, Norway, for a second overwintering to build on their citizen science work

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People & Culture

Q&A with Brandon Harvey on photography in the Great Bear Rainforest

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polar bear trafficking

Wildlife

Microchipped polar bear hides used to combat wildlife trafficking

Technology also will assist with management practices

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People & Culture

Finding an island in the Great Bear Rainforest

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Empty dish soap bottles arrayed in front of a pond in Nova Scotia

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: When social media clout costs the environment

Plus: Racing to find a vaccine for chronic wasting disease, narwhal “flukeprints” and tool-using polar bears

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Wildlife

Alberta’s grizzlies under threat

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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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North American dark-eyed junco on a pine branch

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Animals are “shape-shifting” to cope with climate change

Plus: Tree species at risk, inbreeding polar bears, and a 20,000-kilometre butterfly chase

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Wildlife

More people, more animal encounters mean more human-wildlife conflicts

Conflicts with wildlife in Canada continues to be an issue, but there are ways to keep yourself and wildlife safe

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Wildlife

Photos: The ice grizzlies of northern Yukon

From September to November, grizzly bears gather in the mountainous Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Traditional Territory to feast on salmon. As the temperature dips, their fur becomes coated in ice, creating an otherworldly look and spectacular photos.

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Wildlife in the Great Bear Sea. (Photo: Ian McAllister/Pacific Wild)

Wildlife

Fundraising for more hydrophones in Great Bear Sea

Conservation group Pacific Wild hopes to raise money for hydrophone network in Great Bear Sea

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Wildlife

Throwback Thursday: Arctic’s first ‘pizzlies’ puzzle scientists

Meet the 'pizzlie,' a cross between a polar bear and a grizzlie

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