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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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Mapping

birds

A snowy owl sits on a fencepost

Wildlife

One in eight bird species is at risk of extinction: report

Agricultural expansion, invasive species, climate change blamed for decline in bird species worldwide

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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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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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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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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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Science & Tech

Ladybug from tribe Chrysomelini, as identified by iNaturalist

Science & Tech

Citizen science platform iNaturalist is testing artificial intelligence to help with species identification

Can a computer learn to identify species?

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Articles

Environment

Environment

517 species in Canada on global at-risk list

Vancouver Island marmot, blue whale and Ungava seal included in NatureServe Canada report

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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

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

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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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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Wildlife

spirit bear asleep

Wildlife

Ours to save: the species that can only be found in Canada

A new report from Nature Conservancy Canada and NatureServe Canada is the first of its kind to compile over 300 species that are unique to Canada.

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A wall of colourful sponges and anemones in the American Bank Marine Protected Area

Environment

“Treasure of the Gulf of St. Lawrence” designated a Marine Protected Area

Canada’s newest Marine Protected Area, Banc-des-Américains (American Bank), protects 1,000 square kilometres of important marine habitat off Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula

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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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U of A scientists on the summit of the Devon Ice Cap in 2015

Exploration

On risk and the human drive to explore

Why do human beings intentionally put themselves in danger's path? Our brains, it turns out, reward risk

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Wildlife

Collision course: Making Canada’s cities more bird-friendly

How one grassroots organization in Toronto makes our glass landscapes less deadly for birds.

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Mapping

Opinion: Nature didn’t drop this bomb. We dropped it on nature

The SARS outbreak of 2003 showed us the consequences of environmental degradation and the commodification of wild animals. Why hasn’t anything changed? 

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Mapping

Mapping Canada’s intact forests

Species richness in Canada’s remaining intact forests

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Travel

Bluefin tuna tourism

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Kids

Canada’s Coolest School Trip winners enjoy invasive species battles, gunfire and West Coast delicacies

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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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A boreal caribou cow nurses her calf in northeastern B.C.

Wildlife

Critical habitat for boreal woodland caribou still unprotected six months after deadline

Environmental groups frustrated by lack of action on the part of the provinces 

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Wildlife

Is this the year we see a baby narluga?

Plus: good news for Roosevelt elk, a new look for Alberta bison, a genetic disposition to wander for caribou and a big wildlife boost for southern 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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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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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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north atlantic right whale gulf of st. lawrence

Wildlife

North Atlantic right whales died of blunt force trauma, entanglement, necropsies confirm

Results of necropsies on six whales that died this summer in the Gulf of St. Lawrence reveal blunt force trauma and chronic entanglement as cause of death

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A greater sage-grouse flies above a brown prairie landscape

Wildlife

Hope grows for one of Canada’s most endangered species as greater sage-grouse are released into the wild

The prairie bird has come close to extinction in Canada, but a captive breeding and reintroduction program is helping to halt its decline

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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

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

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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Wildlife

Canadian researchers uncover surprises through fish DNA analysis

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

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Humboldt flying squirrel resting on tree

Wildlife

New species of flying squirrel found in Pacific Northwest

North America now has three distinct species of flying squirrel

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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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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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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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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

Ontario introduces new legislation to halt invasive species invasion

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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

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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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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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

Monarch Butterfly: Endangered Species

Saving the butterfly known for its remarkable migration

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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

Marine mammals at risk as blooms of toxic algae expand northward

Researchers are concerned that climate change could mean prolonged toxic algae blooms are 'the new normal.'

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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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Wildlife

Orca: Endangered Species

Understanding the effects of disturbances on killer whales

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Wildlife

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

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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

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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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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Peregrine falcons are making a comeback in North America.

Wildlife

Resurgence of the peregrine falcon

The fastest animal in the world almost ran out of time in Canada, but a chemical ban helped bring them back to our skies

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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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