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Conservation translocation: helping endangered plants recover

When the only habitat left is in isolated patches, plants might need a little help spreading their seeds –  but concerns about ecological integrity are holding us back

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Environment

Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection

Decisions around where to establish new protected areas in Canada should consider wildlife and ecosystem health first

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The North American grasslands at sunset

Environment

How cattle ranching can help preserve species at risk in Canada’s grasslands

Agriculture can play an important role in protecting and restoring critical habitat on the Prairies

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Three painted turtles sunning on a log

Wildlife

Every turtle species in Canada is now at some level of risk

To save turtles, we need to think in “turtle time,” biologist says

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A boreal caribou cow nurses her calf in northeastern B.C.

Wildlife

Critical habitat for boreal woodland caribou still unprotected six months after deadline

Environmental groups frustrated by lack of action on the part of the provinces 

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A radio transmitter is attached to a northern saw-whet owl (brooksi subspecies) near the community of Skidegate in Haida Gwaii, B.C., in 2010. The species is unique to the archipelago and was listed as threatened in the latest COSEWIC assessment of endangered wildlife.

Wildlife

Five things you may have missed in the latest COSEWIC assessment

Whether it's lampreys on Vancouver Island or a rare moth on the Prairies, the latest assessment from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada provides a snapshot of the nation's fragile and fascinating species

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People & Culture

How Indigenous Peoples are leading the way on global biodiversity protection

Indigenous knowledge allowed ecosystems to thrive for millennia — and now it’s finally being recognized as integral in solving the world’s biodiversity crisis. What part did it play in COP15?

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Environment

Spotlight on conservation: Hastings Wildlife Junction

Hastings Wildlife Junction in eastern Ontario is an example of the scale of conservation needed in Canada

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Environment

Spotlight on conservation: Fitzpatrick Island, Quebec

Thanks in part to a donation from Kruger Products, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, in collaboration with Kebaowek First Nation, is protecting this ecologically significant island in the Ottawa River

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People & Culture

Interview with Dolf DeJong on helping endangered red panda populations at the Toronto Zoo

The CEO of the Toronto Zoo and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society talks about the newborn red panda cub and how a single animal can make a difference

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Environment

Timber poaching: The secretive crime decimating North America’s forests

Timber poaching has become “a problem in every national forest,” with an estimated $1 billion worth of wood poached yearly in North America 

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Environment

“It’s at the very core of everything”: The significance of Canada’s wild rivers

Only a third of the world’s rivers longer than 1,000 kilometres remain free-flowing. In North America, 70 per cent of those are in Canada. Meet some of the people who want to keep it that way

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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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Grand Chief Herb Norwegian of the Dehcho First Nations

Environment

Dehcho Grand Chief honoured for bold conservation approach

Herb Norwegian, Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations, is the recipient of this year’s Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize

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Environment

Environmental groups unite to demand a zero-plastic waste future for Canada

In a declaration released in advance of this weekend’s G7 summit, more than 40 environmental groups have challenged Canada to achieve zero plastic waste by 2025

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More than 10,000 people visit the Canada-Wide Science Fair each year.

Environment

Meet five young scientists taking on major environmental issues

These finalists in the 57th annual Canada-Wide Science Fair prove the future is in good hands

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Environment

Countering climate change

How natural solutions could mitigate 78 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki on a path forward for the environment

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The new executive director of the David Suzuki Foundation discusses her viral moment as a young environmental activist and the link between language and stewardship of the land

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Caribou stands in the snow

Environment

Modelling threats to caribou in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

As interest in Ontario’s mineral-rich Ring of Fire region grows, caribou face threats on multiple fronts. New research could help chart a path to their conservation.

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David Schindler

Environment

Celebrating the life of renowned Canadian-American scientist David Schindler

Schindler conducted numerous groundbreaking studies during his career in efforts to protect freshwater around the world

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Environment

Excerpt from Crossing The Divide: Discovering a Wilderness Ethic in Canada’s Northern Rockies

Wayne Sawchuk's latest book recounts his transformation from a logger and trapper into an ardent conservationist

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Environment

Q&A: A Canadian river conservation leader on protecting our waterways

Mark Angelo, founder of BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, shares insights on his love of rivers, his forthcoming film and what can be done to protect the planet’s waterways

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A female scuba diver holds a light up to anemones during a night dive

Exploration

Canadian diver named 2019 North American Rolex Scholar

Meet Neha Acharya-Patel, the first Canadian recipient of the prestigious Rolex scholarship from the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society

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Environment

Policy reforms needed to protect science from political interference, study says

Recent challenges to evidence-based policy in Canada and the United States highlight a need for more transparency and advocacy for government scientists, study authors say

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Scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approach a young North Atlantic right whale entangled in fishing gear near Cape Canaveral. (NOAA Photo Library/flickr), CC BY-SA

Wildlife

New fishing rules aim to protect Gulf of St. Lawrence right whales

The death and entanglement of 17 of the endangered mammals last summer spurred an unprecedented effort to make the Gulf of St. Lawrence safer — but will it be enough? 

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Wildlife

As deadly white-nose syndrome spreads west, bat biologists race to prepare

Disease has appeared for the first time in Manitoba, Minnesota and Wyoming 

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The marsh boardwalk through Point Pelee National Park at sunset

Places

Photos: Point Pelee National Park at 100

Established in 1918, Canada’s southernmost national park is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers alike

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A small herd of mountain caribou running in Jasper national park

Wildlife

Maternal pen project could be last chance for tiny endangered mountain caribou herd

The South Selkirk mountain caribou herd currently numbers just 11 animals

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A polar bear wades in the Arctic as snow falls

Wildlife

Canada must step up action to conserve polar bears: report

New report from the WWF calls for increased international cooperation on polar bear conservation

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Plains bison with their calves in banff national park

Places

Back where they belong

Nearly wiped out in Alberta in the 1800s, plains bison are making a historic return to Banff National Park 

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bear 148 in banff national park

Wildlife

A lament for Bear 148

In spite of the best efforts of researchers and wildlife managers, the life of Bear 148 was destined to be cut prematurely short

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Transient killer whale jumping

Environment

Proposal to reopen commercial seal hunt in B.C. could have consequences for transient killer whales

A controversial proposal to reopen the seal hunt in B.C. might boost numbers of chinook salmon, but at the expense of other marine mammals, says a UBC professor

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Environment

High-tech art to bring B.C.’s annual salmon run to downtown Vancouver

Uninterrupted, a digital art installation planned for Vancouver's Cambie Street Bridge, hopes to inspire conservation efforts

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Arctic tern on Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick

Wildlife

Should we kill one bird to save another?

On New Brunswick’s Machias Seal Island, predatory gulls are pushing endangered Arctic tern colonies to the brink, creating a dilemma for wildlife managers

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Common Eastern Bumblebee male foraging from Woodland Sunflower. Photo by Sheila Colla)

Wildlife

The truth about bees

To save the bees, we first need to understand them — and recognize their value independent of their role as pollinators

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Mapping

Mapping the Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area

Two visions of the landmark proposed marine protected region

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People & Culture

Late filmmaker’s final documentary sheds light on sharks in peril

Sharkwater Extinction, the final documentary from Canadian filmmaker and activist Rob Stewart, is now screening across Canada

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Ground fog in the Great Bear Rainforest

Environment

Protecting forests, in the name of the Queen

An ambitious legacy project called the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy unites forest conservation projects in the Commonwealth countries 

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Science & Tech

Stopping timber thieves with DNA

Volunteers are collecting samples from bigleaf maples to prevent illegal logging

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Comfort Maple in Fenwick, Ont., fall colours

Environment

Seven iconic Canadian trees

In a nation of forests, these trees stand head and shoulders above the rest

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and PJ Akeeagok Victor Bay, Nunavut

Environment

Feds and Inuit governments collaborate on new High Arctic marine protections

Groups agree to plan to conserve the High Arctic Basin, while Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area becomes official

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Anne Innis Dagg feeding a giraffe at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo in 2015

People & Culture

The curious, extraordinary life of Anne Innis Dagg

The Canadian woman who was first in the world to study giraffes in the wild — and is still considered one of the planet’s foremost experts on the species — is only now getting her due

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Monarch butterfly on swamp milkweed

Wildlife

Tracking milkweed to save monarch butterflies

André-Philippe Drapeau Picard of Mission Monarch discusses the threats facing monarchs and how Canadians can help

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Researchers studying the impact of ship traffic and noise on whales in the eastern Beaufort Sea cruise the Prince of Wales Strait in a  Zodiac

People & Culture

Protecting whales in an ice-free Arctic

As Arctic sea ice vanishes, new measures are needed to protect marine wildlife from increased ship traffic 

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Duo Lakes near the Snake River in the Peel watershed area in Yukon.

Environment

In the Supreme Court’s Peel watershed decision, signs of hope for a new land power paradigm

To many, the Yukon appears to be the vanguard of a growing Indigenous land power movement in Canada centred mostly in the North

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A monarch butterfly on a flower

Environment

Researchers pinpoint monarch butterfly birthplaces to help conserve species

New data could help coordinate conservation efforts across three countries

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