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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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Wildlife

Think like a bear: learning to coexist

Human and bears sharing more landscapes now than ever before. As we continue to invade their world, will we be able to coexist?

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Wildlife

Walking away from the wild side

In a new book, Max Foran denounces Canada's failures in protecting its wildlife from human exploitation

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A grizzly bear shakes water from its fur in a river

Wildlife

Broughtons in the balance: As salmon runs fail, grizzlies are on the move

Salmon runs are failing and grizzlies seem to be on the move in the islands between mainland B.C. and northern Vancouver Island. What’s going on in the Broughton Archipelago?

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Wildlife

New book explores the fascinating cultural history of polar bears

In Ice Bear, Michael Engelhard untangles our complicated love/hate relationship with this iconic Arctic animal

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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

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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Wildlife

Trump’s proposed changes to Endangered Species Act worry Canadian conservationists

Grizzlies, monarch butterflies and other keystone species could be at risk

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Places

Smother Nature: The struggle to protect Banff National Park

In Banff National Park, Alberta, as in protected areas across the country, managers find it difficult to balance the desire of people to experience wilderness with an imperative to conserve it

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Wildlife

Why won’t wolverines cross the road?

In shedding light on wolverines' aversion to roads, new research suggests the key to their conservation in Alberta 

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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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The man who changed our minds about grizzly bears

An excerpt from Talking with Bears: Conversations with Charlie Russell, a literary and reflective portrait of the Alberta naturalist’s relationship with grizzlies

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Wildlife

Bear hair research reveals importance of grizzlies’ salmon diet

Study highlights important interconnections between bears, salmon and humans for future management practices

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Vancouver Island marmot

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Birds, butterflies, bears, bats and… babies!

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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A snowshoe hare in a field of snow

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: hardy hares, symbolic bears and a “Bigg” whale find

Plus: Toronto zoo waits for the vaccine and Fundy salmon take a big leap

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History

Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Ada Blackjack and the Canadian invasion of Russia

A century ago, a strange drama played out on Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic. The hero of this tale? A 23-year-old Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack

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Places

Life and death in Lancaster Sound

Blood on ice in the Arctic is not a sign of death, but an affirmation of life itself

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a collage of images of Nunavut, including an Inuit child, Aaju Peter, a polar bear, the community of Pond Inlet, Lamech Kadloo, the community of Kugluktuk, ice

People & Culture

Our land, our strength

Reflecting on 20 years of Canada's newest territory, Nunavut

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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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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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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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Environment

Bears, buds and phytoplankton: Early spring signs appearing in North America

Leaves are out almost a month early in some parts of the United States, and bears are beginning to emerge from their dens — but an early spring can be problematic for some species

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Environment

Life at the Arctic floe edge

Welcome to the sinaaq, or floe edge, where landfast ice meets open Arctic Ocean and species thrive

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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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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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Travel

Photographing Lake Superior

A fall photo tour captures the spirit of Canada's largest Great Lake

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People & Culture

Our best photos of 2018

A look back at the most awe-inspiring and thought-provoking visuals we published this year

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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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Wildlife photographer Daisy Gilardini

Wildlife

Q&A: Wildlife photographer Daisy Gilardini on her travel plans, essential gear and “3 Ps”

Canadian Geographic's newest Photographer-in-Residence gives us a glimpse at her process

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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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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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Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Weather and Climate

From sea ice to ocean currents, Svalbard has a unique yet fragile environment that may look very different as climate change shifts weather patterns

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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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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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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: out-of-control hogs, sex-sorted bison, and indigenous forest gardens

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Wildlife

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

Research looks into whether grizzlies are tool savvy

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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

How to stay safe during a bear encounter

What do you do if you encounter a bear? (Photo: Larry Erlendson)

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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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Polar Bear near Beechey Island, Nunavut.

Wildlife

Counting polar bears by satellite

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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

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

Bear safety tips

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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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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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Wildlife

Canadian polar bear expert awarded lifetime achievement prize

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Grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Wildlife

Walking British Columbia’s “Bear Highway”

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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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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

Controversial bear hunt

Proposed spring bear hunt divides activities and hunters

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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

Grizzly population doubles in part of Alberta

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Wildlife

Alberta’s grizzlies under threat

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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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A mother grizzly bear nuzzles her 2.5 year old cub near Mount Robson Park in early June.  (Photo: Murray O'Neill)

Wildlife

Is a magnetic anomaly causing grizzly collisions on train tracks?

Researchers investigate the latest potential factor in Banff bear accidents

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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 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

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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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

Alberta app to track moose population across the province

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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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Mapping

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

Remote locations and international clientele make the industry particularly vulnerable

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Exploration

Expedition completes longest human-powered north-south crossing of Canada

Expédition AKOR, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2021 Expedition of the Year, finished their 7,600-kilometre trek on Nov. 8

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Exploration

A bridge of ice

Ken Hedges of the 1968-69 British Trans Arctic Expedition reflects on the perilous and ground-breaking journey

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