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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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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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Travel

Churchill Wild Great Ice Bear Adventure Dymond Lake Ecolodge

Travel

Coming face-to-face with polar bears in Churchill, Man.

Photographer Dax Justin shares what it’s like to walk on the tundra with the apex predator on an Arctic safari with Churchill Wild

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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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Kids

Animal Facts: Polar bear

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Paul Nicklen’s latest book, Born To Ice, is a collection of the photographer’s best images from his two-decade career documenting polar scenery and megafauna, including emperor penguins in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Wildlife

Following the footprints of polar wildlife with photographer Paul Nicklen

Nicklen marries art, science and conservation in new book Born To Ice

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Lancaster Sound in the Canadian High Arctic

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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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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Wildlife

Science & Tech

Bamsebu cabin in Svalbard, Norway

Science & Tech

Q&A: How isolation in the remote High Arctic can have valuable lessons for our changing world

Adventurers Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm, founders of Hearts in the Ice, return to Svalbard, Norway, for a second overwintering to build on their citizen science work

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Wildlife

The illegal wildlife trade is a biodiversity apocalypse

An estimated annual $175-billion business, the illegal trade in wildlife is the world’s fourth-largest criminal enterprise. It stands to radically alter the animal kingdom.

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bear naps next to salmon kill

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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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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Environment

A Life of Extremes – The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker

In an excerpt from his new book, A Life of Extremes: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker, filmmaker Max Quinn offers unique insight to some of the most beautiful and extreme places on earth

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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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Protarctos in its environment

Wildlife

Ancient bear with bad teeth offers insight into modern bear ecology

Researchers say cavities in fossilized bear teeth suggest that even early in their evolution, bears geared up for winter by eating sugary berries

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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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Wildlife

Behind the image: the cover of Best Wildlife Photography 2018

Photographer Daisy Gilardini talks about polar bears in Wapusk National Park and her Best Wildlife Photography 2018 cover shot

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grizzly bear on train tracks in Banff National Park

Wildlife

Dinner is served

Wildlife is figuring out that human infrastructure helps with the hunt

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Polar bear walking across ice

Wildlife

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

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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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A grizzly with two cubs (Photo: Michelle Valberg/CanGeo Photo Club)

Wildlife

B.C. bears could face tough winter

Bears could be facing a tough winter after an early berry season and a fall salmon run that was projected to be low.

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Wildlife

Canadian polar bear expert awarded lifetime achievement prize

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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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Polar Bear near Beechey Island, Nunavut.

Wildlife

Counting polar bears by satellite

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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

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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A bear stands in a creek with a fish in its mouth

Wildlife

Software developers and conservation biologists team up to develop a facial recognition AI for brown bears

Silicon Valley software developers and B.C. conservation biologists create a facial recognition technology with photos of bears in B.C. and Alaska

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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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An image of Canada's new Polar Medal.

People & Culture

Governor General announces new Polar Medal

A new honour, called the Polar Medal, was announced by the Governor General as a way to celebrate Canada’s Northern heritage

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Dalee Sambo Dorough speaks at the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s General Assembly

People & Culture

Interview: Dalee Sambo Dorough of the Inuit Circumpolar Council

The Inuit Circumpolar Council’s chair on how Inuit are speaking up about climate change with a global voice

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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

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

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

Research looks into whether grizzlies are tool savvy

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CHARS, Canadian High Arctic Research Station, laboratories, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, North

Science & Tech

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station comes online

What does it take to operate high-tech scientific facilities — including live-study growing chambers and necropsy, genomics and imaging labs — in Canada’s Arctic?

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Science & Tech

Throwback Thursday: International Polar Year

Five years have passed since the International Polar Year. Brush up on Canada's science projects and reflect on where the science stands now!

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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

Excerpt from Ice Walker: A Polar Bear’s Journey Through the Fragile Arctic

From bestselling author James Raffan comes an enlightening and original story about a polar bear’s precarious existence in the changing Arctic

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People & Culture

A polar legacy honoured

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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

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

Bear safety tips

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Science & Tech

Tracking fresh water and contaminants in the Arctic Ocean

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Science & Tech

Biodiversity at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean

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Science & Tech

Hearts in the Ice: Climate change in our polar regions

A warmer, wetter, and wilder climate is unbalancing the Arctic ecosystem

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Grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Wildlife

Walking British Columbia’s “Bear Highway”

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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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The MV Martin Bergmann, floating research base for the marine ecosystem study

Science & Tech

How Arctic scientists are unveiling long-standing marine ecosystem mysteries

Researchers are shedding new light on northern food webs and environments by connecting disciplines and local knowledge — even by using different ships

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Science & Tech

5 Polar Continental Shelf Program projects unlocking the mysteries of Canada’s North

From permafrost slumping to biodiversity inventories, here’s some of the most exciting research that PCSP supported in 2019

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Arctic char of southern Victoria Island

How a Université Laval scientist, DFO researchers and locals in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, are working together to keep these staple fish populations healthy 

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People & Culture

New Land Expedition: Magic polar travel with dogs

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Science & Tech

Canadian Polar Commission report reveals key issues in Canada’s North

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Science & Tech

New research into Arctic marine mammal movements aims to maintain the future of a traditional Inuit food source

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polar bear trafficking

Wildlife

Microchipped polar bear hides used to combat wildlife trafficking

Technology also will assist with management practices

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Science & Tech

Tracking the Greenland shark’s Arctic movements

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Science & Tech

The Arctic voyages of the intrepid ringed seal

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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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