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A female pronghorn with her twins on the Canadian prairie. The species is hailed as a conservation success story, but its future is uncertain. (Photo: Sandra Forbes)

People & Culture

For the love of pronghorns

The story of a biologist’s lifelong study of an endangered species — and its future

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Wildlife

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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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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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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Wildlife

‘Murder hornets’ spotted in B.C., pose threat to honey bees

Honey bee experts say the hornets could quickly decimate a hive if they got inside

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A Fowler's toad

Wildlife

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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RCGS celebrates launch of Franklin’s Lost Ship in Toronto

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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History

Throwback Thursday: Sleuthing Toronto’s smog

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History

Throwback Thursday: Paul Nicklen’s wonderful walrus photos

These old walrus photos from famed wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen are amazing

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Wildlife

Toronto Zoo welcomes a baby orangutan

Plus: the albatross that loved Vancouver Island, a rare butterfly comeback, PEI lobsters to take a new kind of bait and the migratory birds on a potentially fatal collision course.

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Environment

Microbes are unique to the cities they live in, study finds

Geography is the number one factor influencing the compositions of bacterial communities

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Banana tree fibre paper

Environment

Eco-friendly paper

Five eco-friendly products used around the world to create paper

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Environment

How much warmer than normal was your city in 2015?

Now there's a way to visualize exactly what a record warm year globally meant in your city

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Satellite image showing smoke from Amazon fires blowing over Brazil on August 20, 2019

Environment

Fires are burning in the Amazon rainforest. Here’s what you need to know

Fire activity in the Brazilian Amazon surged this week; here are some key things to know about the situation

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Christmas presents with brown paper wrapping

Environment

5 ways to cut down on plastic waste this holiday season

Wrapping paper, packaging, plastic plates and cutlery — it all adds up. Here are some easy ways to avoid a nightmare around Christmas. 

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The Trinity Test nuclear bomb fireball

Environment

Anthropocene: Geologists urge global recognition of new, human-influenced epoch

This week, the International Union of Geological Sciences will consider a proposal to add a new epoch to the geologic time scale — one that reflects the impact of human activity on Earth's natural systems

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A controlled burn between Hay River and Yellowknife, NWT in July 2014

Environment

Report highlights ‘catastrophic’ loss of wilderness around the globe

Fragmented biomes threaten efforts to combat climate change, warns new study

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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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Environment

Daniel Pauly on preventing the end of fish

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The marine biologist on why we’re asking too much of the ocean — and how to protect the future of fish

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Canadian astronauts pose inside the Living in Space Exhibition

Exploration

Canadian Space Agency astronaut profiles

The men and women that have become part of Canada’s space team

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Science & Tech

Inside your smartphone: analyzing the rare-earth elements

How so-called rare earth elements are powering our modern tech — and where to find them

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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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Wildlife

Unravelling the genetic secrets of an ice age relic

The deepwater sculpin thrives in deep lakes and cold temperatures. Researchers are now sequencing its genome to unravel the genetic secrets of this iconic Canadian fish

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Gatineau, Que. tornado Sept. 21, 2018

Science & Tech

Weather watchers encouraged to report tornadoes in Canada this summer

Physical distancing requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19 will make it difficult for researchers to visit suspected tornado sites this year, so the team behind the Northern Tornadoes Project is calling on the public to help 

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Science & Tech

Climate change may reduce seafloor life

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Science & Tech

Biochemicals may cause human-like reaction in plants

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Science & Tech

How could a warming Arctic affect bowhead whales?

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Science & Tech

David Schindler

One of the nation’s most famous scientists reflects on a life of scientific achievements and lessons learned

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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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Kathleen Graham crawls beneath a curtain of stalactites inside Raspberry Rising cave

Exploration

Return to Raspberry Rising

Seven years after it was first explored, the B.C. cave known as Raspberry Rising is still giving up its secrets, from breathtaking mineral deposits to promising antibacterial microbes

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Top 20 students for the Canadian Geographic Challenge national final

Kids

Meet the 2019 Can Geo Challenge National Finalists

Canada's brightest young geography stars are on their way to Ottawa, where they'll meet underwater explorer Jill Heinerth, host of the May 27 live final

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A model of a woolly mammoth at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria

Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: Can the woolly mammoth be brought back from extinction?

And moreover, should it? Plus: Dinosaur fight club, birds about town, and tracking whale whoops

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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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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Experts at the national bird debate

People & Culture

National Bird Debate kicks off Canada-wide conversation

Experts weighed in on Canada's national bird in debate at the Canadian Museum of Nature

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Wildlife

Steroids: the arctic ground squirrel’s secret to surviving winter

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Wildlife

Decoy turtles used to solve murder mystery in Manitoulin Island area

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Black-tailed prairie dogs

Wildlife

Biologists say black-tailed prairie dogs aren’t cheering, but they have something to teach us

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People & Culture

Q&A: Canada’s top caver on mapping Mount Tupper system

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Wildlife

Threatened Ontario plant more unique than previously thought

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Wildlife

Study: Male black widow spiders eat their mates too

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Wildlife

How often do whales attack ships?

Whales attacking ships are rare (Moby Dick notwithstanding), but a few incidents have been documented through history. Here's why.

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People & Culture

Field station woes

Cut off from federal funding, field stations look for new ways to stay afloat

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People & Culture

Dino Talks

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Wildlife

North American monarch population faces quasi-extinction

In the next two decades North American monarch butterflies could be basically gone

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Wildlife

David Bird talks Pocket Birds of Canada handbook

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Wildlife

Estrogen found to have detrimental effects on freshwater wildlife

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Wildlife

Biological antifreeze frog’s friend for winter

Wood frog breaks down skeletal muscle mass to survive winter

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People & Culture

Q&A with Merna Forster about women on Canadian banknotes

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Wildlife

Domestic cats to blame for bird deaths

Cats are responsible for about 196 million birds death every year

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Wildlife

The giant crocodiles that once roamed prehistoric B.C.

Plus: Montreal’s mischievous fox, the supersized goldfish invading Canada’s lakes, Arctic fungi under threat and an Indigenous-led movement to collect Canada’s seeds.

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Black-tailed prairie dogs

Wildlife

Black-tailed prairie dogs doing the wave

Biologists say these prairie dogs aren’t cheering, but they have something to teach us

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Wildlife

Greater sage-grouse faces grim future, say scientists

An emergency order to protect Canada’s rarest bird may come too late

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Wildlife

UBC research supports ban on high seas fishing

Shutting off the high seas to commercial fishing might be an economically and environmentally sound option for the world’s fisheries and maritime nations: UBC research

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Filmmaker James Cameron

People & Culture

The change makers: James Cameron

The acclaimed director goes to extremes to explore the ocean’s depths — and to share what he finds with the world

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