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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 bowhead whale in Cumberland Sound, Nunavut

Wildlife

New research offers insight into the skin care routine of bowhead whales

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found evidence that bowhead whales exfoliate their skin by rubbing against large rocks

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A polar bear on Mitivik Island

Wildlife

A bear in the henhouse

How the drama of climate change is playing out on a small island in Hudson Bay

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Gotsǝ́ mı̨́ “spider web” in sunlight. Photo: Jean Polfus

Environment

What spiders can teach us about ecology

The spider's web is the perfect metaphor for the interconnections between species, people and place

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University of Toronto, Meric Gertler, Fellow, RCGS

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Meric Gertler

The University of Toronto president is a world leader in urban theory and the geography of innovation, creativity and culture in city centres

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People & Culture

Environment

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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Travel

Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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Wildlife

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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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People & Culture

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visits the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

The Society’s headquarters at 50 Sussex Drive played host to HRH on the second day of his Platinum Jubilee tour of Canada

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People & Culture

The 2015 RCGS honourees

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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People & Culture

Talking Apple TV+’s new series Foundation with RCGS medalist Jared Harris

Ahead of the series finale, we caught up with Louie Kamookak Medal recipient Jared Harris to discuss his role as Hari Seldon on Apple TV+’s hit new series Foundation

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Johnny Issaluk, Jared Harris, John Geiger

People & Culture

Actor Jared Harris awarded RCGS’ Louie Kamookak Medal

Inaugural award honours the legacy of the late Inuit historian 

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Guests at a launch event for the RCGS summer exhibit series

Places

RCGS launches 2018 Summer Exhibits series at 50 Sussex

Summer series features three exhibitions: Compass by Hilde Lambrechts, Explore by Chris Cran, and Lessons from the Arctic, an artifact display honouring Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen

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People & Culture

Governor General Mary Simon named Patron of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society

Her Excellency maintains a tradition of vice regal patronage that extends back to 1929 with the Society’s founding Patron The Rt. Hon. Viscount Willingdon

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Princess Anne

People & Culture

Princess Anne made an Honorary Fellow of the RCGS

Royal Family member welcomed into the society at a special presentation in London  

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Coeur de pirate (Béatrice Martin) performs at the RCGS' Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Canada gala in Toronto

People & Culture

Singer-songwriter Cœur de pirate honoured with RCGS medal

Quebec’s Béatrice Martin — better known by her stage name, Cœur de pirate — was recognized for her contributions to the Society and Canada's cultural landscape

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Phil Lind headshot with book cover of

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Phil Lind

The vice-chairman of Rogers Communications on his memoir, the changing telecom landscape and his relationship with a Canadian business legend

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Andrew Gunadie, aka Gunnarolla

Exploration

Why Moncton, N.B., is Andrew Gunadie’s (a.k.a. Gunnarolla’s) favourite place in Canada

The Canadian YouTube sensation takes us into the heart of an unexpectedly charming maritime city

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Wildlife

How citizen scientists solved a migration mystery

No one knew golden eagles in the Yukon and Alaska migrated along the Rockies’ front ranges, until an avid birder noticed something strange

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Kids

Can Geo Education teacher receives national teaching award

Janet Ruest has received the Prime Minister's Certificate of Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence

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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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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Emily Choy

Arctic researcher receives prestigious 2020 L’Oréal Canada For Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowship

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People & Culture

RCGS, Royal Scottish Geographical Society sign a trans-Atlantic MOU

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Alex Trebek speaks at a podium

People & Culture

Alex Trebek and Canadian Geographic

Remembering Alex Trebek's legacy through stories of his work

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People & Culture

Statement on COVID-19 from RCGS CEO John Geiger

A message to our readers, Fellows, members and supporters

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People & Culture

Interview with Margaret Atwood

We caught up with Margaret Atwood at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2015 College of Fellows Annual Dinner to talk about Canada’s geography, climate change and how to get away with murder in the Arctic.

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Some of the recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

People & Culture

Medals and merits

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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People & Culture

Welcome to Flat Earth 101*

*Do your own research

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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People & Culture

10 RCGS updates from November

Here's a bit of what The Royal Canadian Geographical Society got up to in November.

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Steve blasco massey medal

People & Culture

Nominations open for RCGS Massey Medal

Award recognizes exemplary work in the exploration, development or description of the geography of Canada. Nomination deadline is January 15th, 2017.

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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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national bird finalists

People & Culture

Canada votes for a national bird

Thanks to everyone who cast their vote in Canadian Geographic's National Bird Project!

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People & Culture

Canadian diving luminary receives underwater exploration award

Joe MacInnis just became the fourth person ever to receive the William Beebe Award for exceptional contributions to underwater exploration from the New York City-based Explorers Club

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People & Culture

World view

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People & Culture

Wade Davis named honorary vice-president of the RCGS

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People & Culture

‘Father of GIS’ passes away

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People & Culture

“We have it in our hands to shape the future,” says 2012 Massey Medal winner

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People & Culture

Dino discourse

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John Smol is one of the world’s leading Arctic researchers

People & Culture

The change makers: John Smol

The winner of the 2013 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research — the culmination of a career in biology that speaks for itself

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People & Culture

2013 Innovation in Geography Teaching Award winner : Andrew Young

For an educator who has gone above and beyond their job description to further geographic literacy

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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Wendy Cecil

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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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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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Greater sage grouse

Wildlife

Survey finds Canadians support limiting human activity to save endangered species — up to a point

Biologists wanted to know what Canadians would be willing to sacrifice in the name of conservation

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Mapping

Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture

This online map platform displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world

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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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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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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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Places

A new home for the RCGS: 50 Sussex

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society announces forthcoming Canada's Centre for Geography and Exploration

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Wildlife

A carbon sink on the Prairies

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