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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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Arctic Frontiers conference 2019

Environment

Five key takeaways from the Arctic Frontiers conference

The uncertainty and change that's currently disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting's agenda

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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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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 glacier landscape on northern Ellesmere Island

Environment

Glaciers in the Canadian High Arctic are melting at an unprecedented rate

A study of more than 1,700 glaciers on northern Ellesmere Island found six per cent of ice coverage disappeared between 1999 and 2015

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Marine mammal habitats in Canada's Arctic

People & Culture

Mapping human impact on the North with Canada’s Arctic Marine Atlas

A new atlas explores the delicate balance between the North and those who use its resources

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Environment

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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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Wildlife

How highways are hurting the wolverine’s genetic diversity

As development cuts into the elusive animal's habitat, the resulting genetic isolation could ultimately lead to a population crash

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A plain pocketbook mussel and its lure

Wildlife

Lessons in interconnectivity: Ottawa River mussels

Jill Heinerth explores what can we learn from the lifecycle of freshwater mussels

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Toad River in the Muskwa-Kechika region of B.C.

Environment

Muskwa-Kechika: An opportunity for bold conservation action

By protecting the Muskwa-Kechika, a vast, wild region of mountains, glaciers, and boreal forest in north-central B.C., we can create a climate refuge for vulnerable species

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Environment

Global geography community calls for action on climate and biodiversity crises

80 global geography societies and organizations from 59 countries have signed a joint declaration urging the world’s leaders to protect nature and secure a liveable climate

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Environment

Honey Nut Cheerios removes mascot from boxes to raise awareness about bee loss

Bee mascot removed from boxes of the cereal to raise awareness about threats to pollinators

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Environment

Endangered spaces and species in Canada’s mountains

Glaciers play a vital role in sculpting the landscape, and their retreat can bring about drastic consequences

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Environment

Crucial Atlantic salmon habitat in New Brunswick now protected

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Blanding's turtle in a pond

Environment

Using community science to conserve reptiles and amphibians

In highly populated areas where wildlife habitat is fragmented, citizens can play an important role in protecting species

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A hazy view over Quebec’s Parc national des Monts-Valin

Environment

When it comes to stream health, land use and protection matter

Streams surrounded by intact forest are better at providing clean water, carbon storage and wildlife habitat

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Maritime ringlet - a Canadian endemic found in only a few populations around the Baie des Chaleurs and Gaspesie.

Environment

Thinking big to conserve small but important species

Through the Key Biodiversity Areas program, rare, endemic and underappreciated species are finally getting their due as important components of their ecosystems

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Environment

5 future fixes from WWF Canada’s 2020 Watershed Reports

The report contains both optimism and warnings as Canada and its watersheds struggle with the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change

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Robson Bight Day to Night

Environment

Day to Night in Robson Bight

For the latest image in his iconic Day to Night series, photographer Stephen Wilkes set his sights on an important ecological reserve in British Columbia. Here's why. 

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Aerial view of Ontario patchwork farmland

Environment

The endangered species hiding in plain sight

Hundreds of Canada’s species at risk are plants, and most of them live where we do

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A crowd of tourist swarm on a lakeside beach in Banff National Park

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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Rosalynn Carter, Arthur Milnes, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and RCGS CEO John Geiger

People & Culture

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded Lawrence J. Burpee medal

Medal honours the former President's role in expanding the U.S. national parks system and work with Habitat for Humanity

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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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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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Mapping

New mangrove forest mapping tool puts conservation in reach of coastal communities

Mangroves provide a range of benefits, including protection from storms and the prevention of coastal erosion

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Wildlife

Wolverine habitat suffering from climate change, judge rules

Wolverines are undeniably affected by climate change and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should move to protect it under the Endangered Species Act as soon as possible, an American judge has ruled

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Wildlife

‘Wake up call’: WWF Living Planet Report says species at risk populations have declined by half

Report’s author says more needs to be done to stop a global extinction crisis

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Tundra wolf fall colours

Wildlife

Controversial choice: To cull or not to cull wolf populations in the Northwest Territories

A one-year pilot project is underway in an effort to protect threatened caribou populations in the territory, but some conservation groups say wolf culls miss the bigger picture

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Photo: Monarch butterflies emerge from their chrysalis. (Photo: Wesley Pitts/CG Photo Club)

Wildlife

Monarch grounds grow in Mexico, but species still struggles

Here’s the good news about monarch butterflies: the area of its wintering grounds in Mexico in December 2014 increased by 69 per cent compared to December 2013.

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Wildlife

Beluga habitat concerns delay Energy East pipeline terminal

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Mapping

Mapping 40 years of Canadian urban expansion

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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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roseate tern endangered nova scotia protected habitat

Wildlife

Four Nova Scotia islands protected for endangered roseate tern

Environment and Climate Change Canada applied a critical-habitat protection order to Country Island, Sable Island and North Brother and South Brother islands

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Wildlife

Monarch Butterfly: Endangered Species

Saving the butterfly known for its remarkable migration

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A male Canada warbler

Wildlife

How citizen scientists are helping to protect migratory birds

Conserving at-risk species is difficult when they’re constantly crossing international borders, but digital tools are making it easier than ever to track feathered globetrotters

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A wolf stands on a rock

Wildlife

Excerpt from Takaya: The Lone Wolf

An enchanting and evocative look at the unique relationship between a solitary, island-dwelling wolf and a renowned wildlife photographer

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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 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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History

Frozen in time: The remarkable legacy of Mary Vaux, amateur glaciologist

Mary Vaux’s groundbreaking 19th-century study of B.C.’s Illecillewaet Glacier created an invaluable record of the glacier’s recession

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Wildlife

Battle to save the sage grouse goes to court

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Mapping

Five conservation experts weigh in on the future for wildlife post-COVID-19

The slowdown of human activity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to some surprising benefits for wildlife conservation. Can we keep them going after the danger has passed?

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Wildlife

Why the woolly mammoth went extinct

Researcher explores what killed off woolly mammoths — and what this might mean for species today

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Yarrow, echinacea, prairie clover, and ratibida are effective at attracting butterflies.

Wildlife

How to build a butterfly garden

How to attract monarch butterflies to your backyard — and help save the endangered species

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Wildlife

Research looks into whether grizzlies are tool savvy

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Wildlife

5 endangered species the Calgary Zoo has saved from extinction

The Vancouver Island marmot, burrowing owl, greater sage-grouse and northern leopard frog are thriving again thanks to the zoo’s efforts 

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Wildlife

Canadian Museum of Nature welcomes colourful frogs

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A woman stands alone looking out over an empty prairie under a cloudy blue sky

Places

Guardians of the grasslands

How conservationists and ranchers in Saskatchewan are working to slow the loss of an endangered ecosystem

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Wildlife

Proposed changes to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act raise concerns

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The grand prize winner of the 2018 Wildlife Photography of the Year competition, an eastern coyote crossing a road, by Brittany Crossman

People & Culture

Announcing the winners of the 2018 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition

The best of the best images of Canadian wildlife from the annual competition hosted by Canadian Geographic in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature

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Travel

The Northern Lights in Churchill, Manitoba

Churchill sees the northern lights an impressive 300 days per year. Here are some of the best ways to view them.

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Wildlife

Reports suggest protecting songbirds means preserving the boreal forest

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