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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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biodiversity

infographic of findings from BioBlitz Canada 150

Environment

10 interesting discoveries from BioBlitz Canada 150

35 events, 16,600 hours and 7,510 recorded species: the results are in from a series of bioblitz events held to commemorate Canada 150

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leather sea stars

Environment

“We did this:” Is there a way out of our intertwined climate and biodiversity crises?

As the impacts of global warming become increasingly evident, the connections to biodiversity loss are hard to ignore. Can this fall’s two key international climate conferences point us to a nature-positive future?

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Environment

Vanishing birdsong: How climate change is altering Canada’s soundscape

Indigenous conservationists are listening in to track the impacts of climate change on the boreal forest

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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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Endangered caribou

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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Environment

climate change

illustration by Charlene Chua

Wildlife

Inside the mysterious decline of Earth’s insects

Insects are by far the most populous species on the planet, but they seem to be disappearing. Why aren’t more people concerned?

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endangered species

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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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Wildlife

Punctuation’s mark: Can we save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale?

After a series of mass deaths in recent years, what can we do?

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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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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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Wildlife

Get to know Canada’s shark species

Meet some of the incredible toothy predators swimming off our shores

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Wildlife

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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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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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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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An LDD moth pictured on a green leaf

Wildlife

What’s in a name? Problematic names in the world of wildlife

Wildlife names that could use a rebrand

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Wild parsnip from above. (Photo: Joshua Mayer/Wikimedia Commons)

Wildlife

Invasive Species Centre on wild parsnip

Dilhari Fernando, executive director of Canada’s Invasive Species Centre, discusses Wild Parsnip, which is classified as a noxious weed in Ontario

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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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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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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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Wildlife

Canadian researchers uncover surprises through fish DNA analysis

One thing researchers weren't expecting to find: yellow perch cannabalism

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A raccoon on the roof of an apartment in Germany (Carsten Volkwein/Wikimedia Commons)

Wildlife

Seven invasive species abroad

These Canadian native species have invaded foreign ecosystems

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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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Wildlife

Ontario introduces new legislation to halt invasive species invasion

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The spiny dogfish made history when it was certified as the world’s first sustainable shark fishery in 2011

Wildlife

The great green shark hunt 

Can British Columbia’s spiny dogfish make the grade as the world’s first “sustainable” shark fishery?

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Wildlife

Embracing winter through birding

RCGS Fellow Myrna Pearman offers her tips for a successful winter birding season

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Wildlife

Investing in Canada’s biodiversity: Federal government funds $2M for wildlife conservation in Kootenay region of British Columbia

The steps being made are towards Canada’s goal of 25 per cent protection of land and ocean by 2025

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Wildlife

11 amazing facts about Canada’s bear species

Did you know polar bears aren't actually white? Or that bears mark their territory by rubbing their backs on trees?

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Environment

Healthy rivers: Communities use DNA tool to keep tabs on freshwater quality

Many of Canada’s 25 watersheds are under threat from pollution, habitat degradation, water overuse and invasive species

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Wildlife

Fisheries and species at risk acts failing, says study

Threatened and endangered marine fishes, which are in the most need of conservation measures, fare the worst under the Species at Risk Act and the Fisheries Act

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Wildlife

New funding to help Saskatchewan ranchers protect species at risk

Environment and Climate Change Canada has given $2.58 million to the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association to lead a conservation project designed to help species at risk

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Peregrine falcon chicks Kingston

Wildlife

The peregrine falcon’s remarkable turnaround

Nearly 40 years after it was first put on a list of threatened species in Canada, the peregrine falcon now looks set to be classified as not at risk 

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Mapping

Mapping Canadian invasive species around the world

Not all Canadian exports are good. Check out this interactive map of invasive species around the world.

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Wildlife

Museum curator discovers a dozen new bee species

Bee species named after Canada’s top bee expert

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Wildlife

Monarch Butterfly: Endangered Species

Saving the butterfly known for its remarkable migration

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Wildlife

Ocean Wise works to save commercial fishing and ocean species with sustainable seafood

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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

Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

At least 50 species of fish can be found in the Arctic drainage basin in Ontario

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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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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

Turtle dumping: Red-eared sliders are invading native turtle habitats in Ontario

The turtles we keep as pets don’t belong in the wild 

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Travel

Bluefin tuna tourism

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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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clay-coloured sparrow perching on a hand

Environment

What can birds tell us about forest fire recovery?

The behavior of birds before and after the blaze that devastated Alberta’s Fort McMurray area in 2016 is leading to interesting insights into the rebound of boreal habitat

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Mapping

Mapping the threat status of wild Atlantic salmon

Groups protecting Atlantic salmon spawning grounds on Canada’s East Coast have a new view of the problems facing the prized species

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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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Environment

Bears, buds and phytoplankton: Early spring signs appearing in North America

Leaves are out almost a month early in some parts of the United States, and bears are beginning to emerge from their dens — but an early spring can be problematic for some species

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Mad Hatterpillar

Wildlife

Every day is Halloween for these eerie insects

Often gory and gross, insects use disguises to improve ther odds of survival

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Environment

How Haida Gwaii’s unique geography helped the Indigenous struggle for independence

In The Haida Gwaii Lesson: A Strategic Playbook for Indigenous Sovereignty, award-winning journalist Mark Dowie explores Haida Gwaii and the people who call it home. Below is an excerpt from the book. 

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Dr. Jordan Mallon of the Canadian Museum of Nature poses with the skull of

Environment

Museum of Nature unveils new dinosaur species

'Judith' is a new species of horned dinosaur with a fascinating past

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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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Travel

Rare birds

Spread your wings with birdwatching’s elite guard in south Texas

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The focus of North America’s first natural resource stampede, beaver pelts attracted legions of traders

Wildlife

Rethinking the beaver

Has there ever been a national symbol more loathed or misunderstood? Has there ever been a more important time for the beaver to flourish?

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Gatineau’s Eardley Escarpment is a popular outdoor climbing area

Wildlife

Rock climbers vs. at-risk species

Rock climbers in Gatineau Park, Que., help protect a microclimate

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Mapping

Mapping Canada’s intact forests

Species richness in Canada’s remaining intact forests

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Wildlife

Orca: Endangered Species

Understanding the effects of disturbances on killer whales

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A wolverine climbs through a non-lethal hair trap, which helps scientists collect wolverine DNA

Wildlife

Wolverine: Endangered Species

Once roaming across North America, the wolverine is now a rare sight

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: what came first, the polar bear or the grizzly?

Plus, more news from the North: new polar bear population brings hope, Nunavik sentinel discovers new butterfly species, N.W.T. gets a new National Wildlife Area and Canada’s Arctic provides a blueprint for life on Mars.

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Wildlife

Egyptian scientists discover new species of ancient four-legged whale

The predatory whale’s scientific name pays tribute to Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death

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Wildlife

Plankton thought to be extinct has come back to life

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Wildlife

‘Dancing’ fish could be key to ridding salmon farms of parasites

Measuring differences in posing behaviours could help farmers choose the best cleaners to use for sea-lice control

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Travel

Excerpt from The Way Of The Gardener

A botanical journey along the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimmage route by former CBC Radio columnist and enthusiastic gardener Lyndon Penner

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