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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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conservation

Grizzly, wildlife, endangered species, Trump, protected

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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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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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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Puvirnituq mountain draba

Wildlife

Tiny plant and animal species raise big questions for conservation biologists

Nearly half of the wildlife species assessed at the most recent meeting of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada are small and obscure, with limited ranges. Here’s why they matter.

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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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History

Flight of the Highlanders, settlement, Canada, Scotland, Scottish, Manitoba, Metis

History

Flight of the Highlanders: The Making of Canada

A new book by Ken McGoogan traces the experiences of Scottish Highlanders evicted from their homes to pre-Confederation Canada

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Environment

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

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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Environment

Getting Closer: Rediscovering nature through bird photography

In an excerpt from his new book, author Paul Sorrell teches how to connect to nature with a photographer's eye

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Illustration: Sydney Mohr/University of Alberta

Environment

Deceptive feathered dinosaur gets a fitting name

Apatoraptor pennatus eluded researchers for decades

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Zhelevo oak tree Toronto

Environment

“If this tree could talk:” The fight to save Zhelevo, Toronto’s most iconic red oak

Torontonians are rallying around a campaign to save Zhelevo, a massive red oak believed to have stood in North York since before the city was founded

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People & Culture

Travel

Monarch butterflies cling to a fir tree in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Travel

Chasing butterflies

In 1976, my husband’s grandparents solved one of the world’s great natural mysteries: the monarch butterfly migration. Four decades later, we retraced their journey. 

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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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The New York Times COVID-19 map

Mapping

Mapping COVID-19: How maps make us feel

Canadian Geographic cartographer Chris Brackley continues his exploration of how the world is charting the COVID-19 pandemic, this time looking at how artistic choices inform our reactions to different maps

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A fin whale

Wildlife

Whales under threat in noisy Atlantic waters

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has assessed three whale species as being at risk from increased ship traffic

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Calling all Canadians! Ig we gave you $10,000 to fight climate change, how would you do it?

Live Net Zero Rules and Regulations

Live Net Zero Challenge (2022)

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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How national parks are helping to conserve species

Places

Five projects that are helping to conserve endangered species in Canada’s national parks

From plains bison in Elk Island National Park to beluga whales in Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Parks Canada is leading the charge on these crucial wildlife recovery programs 

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Exploration

Why cave exploration matters

2022 is the International Year of Caves and Karst. Here’s why you should care about the hidden worlds beneath our feet.

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Wildlife

Proposed changes to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act raise concerns

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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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Bird sits on rock

Wildlife

Rebound of the black swifts: Johnston Canyon reports an increase in endangered bird species

The decrease in human activity could be the reason

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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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illegal wildlife trade, elephant foot, ivory, biodiversity

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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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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Snapping turtle by roadside

Wildlife

Ontario turtle rescue centre sees spike in patients

The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre has treated some 650 injured turtles this year, mostly as a result of motor vehicle impacts

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Wildlife

Fabulous photos to help you identify Canadian foxes

How well do you know your fox species? These photos will help you tell them apart in the wild

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Wildlife

Excerpt from Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder

A memoir by Julia Zarankin 

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Wildlife

Death of a whale

When one of the few remaining females of reproductive age in the southern resident population of North Pacific killer whales was found dead near Comox B.C. in 2014, an investigation was launched. The results highlight the challenges of protecting our most iconic marine mammals.

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Wildlife

Leatherback Sea Turtle: Endangered Species

The world’s largest sea turtle faces dangers as it travels through the Atlantic Ocean

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North Atlantic Right whale undergoes necropsy on shores of P.E.I

Wildlife

Experts investigate recent deaths of six endangered North Atlantic right whales

The deaths are a major blow to the vulnerable population, which is estimated at around 500 individuals

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A wolf next to British Columbia's Columbia River. (Photo: Domenico Battaglia/CG Photo Club)

Wildlife

Wolf cull in British Columbia spawns controversy

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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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Barren ground caribou grazing in autumn

Wildlife

Caribou: Endangered Species

The caribou faces environmental challenges in the struggle to survive

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Wintry scenes from Can Geo's Instagram community

People & Culture

#ShareCanGeo: 10 wintry wonderlands

This week, we embrace the coming season and showcase Canada as a winter wonderland

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People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Élisabeth Nadeau

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Peter Suedfeld

People & Culture

Featured Fellow: Peter Suedfeld

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People & Culture

The RCGS announces Nikon Canada as its Official Photography Partner

Two iconic brands known for exceptional photography join forces to inspire the next generation of photographers

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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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A photo of the author side by side with the cover of his book

People & Culture

Excerpt from Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes

Captain Cook Rediscovered: Voyaging to the Icy Latitudes seeks to provide a fresh view on Cook's legacy from a North American perspective.

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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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Use ontario pumpkins to make the perfect pumpkin cheesecake (recipe below)

Travel

Regional recipes from Canada’s top chefs

How to make the country's quintessential dishes

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Environment

Toronto city council votes to save historic red oak

The fight to save the city’s oldest tree is over, and Zhelevo has won

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People & Culture

Amet*: Understanding the Beothuk

*It means “awake” in Beothuk, the language and people who once called present-day Newfoundland home for about 2,000 years. One young woman, believed to be the last living Beothuk, left a collection of maps and art that help us understand her people’s story.

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FirstVoices Keyboards

People & Culture

First Nations turn to tech to save endangered languages

The latest app from FirstVoices allows users to type, text and post to social media in more than 100 indigenous languages

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Environment

Huge landslide nearly goes unnoticed in Yukon

A cataclysmic landslide occurred in Canada last month – and hardly anybody noticed.

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An example of pseudotachylite

Science & Tech

‘Marsquakes’ could point the way to life on the red planet

Researchers say the presence of stored hydrogen in ancient fractured rocks on Earth has implications for possible Martian microbes

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This magical winter shot by a Pangnirtung, NU photographer has gone viral recently.

People & Culture

How a photographer captured this magical Nunavut scene

A Nunavut photographer had his friend throw tea around at -35C. The result is stunning!

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Heinrich Scherer's 1702 chart of the North Pole

People & Culture

Why the North Pole matters: An important history of challenges and global fascination

In this essay, noted geologist and geophysicist Fred Roots explores the significance of the symbolic point at the top of the world. He submitted it to Canadian Geographic just before his death in October 2016 at age 93.

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Two people portage canoes over a large rock

Exploration

Expedition completes longest human-powered north-south crossing of Canada

Expédition AKOR, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s 2021 Expedition of the Year, finished their 7,600-kilometre trek on Nov. 8

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