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Would you trust a groundhog?

Celebrating Groundhog Day with wildlife expert Michael Runtz

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Wildlife Wednesday: The ancient pre-primates that once roamed Canada’s Arctic

Plus: Alaskan wolves are getting a taste for sea otter, right whale-friendly lobster traps are hitting the market, AI is helping the fight against invasive phragmites, and First Nations discuss caribou protection

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11 fun lagomorph facts for Lunar New Year

It’s the Year of the Rabbit! Here are Can Geo’s favourite facts on the taxonomic order that houses rabbits, hares and pikas 

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Wildlife Wednesday: baby boom sparks hope for North Atlantic right whale

Plus: the geese freed after days frozen in icy blocks, the B.C. sea sponges with COVID-blocking superpowers, the bald eagle saved by groundbreaking surgery, and the danger migrating beavers pose to the North

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Wildlife Wednesday: the fish fatefully divided, not by land, but by current

Plus: Death metal singing bats, the lion of the microbial world, the dino heavyweights going club-to-club, and the accidentally introduced bee threatening native species. 

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Wildlife Wednesday: The land-to-sea evolution of the whale eye

Plus: the ins-and-outs of a Vancouver zoo wolf break-out, caribou conservation controversy in Quebec, more marmots on Vancouver Island and the tick-busting pine needle discovered in Nova Scotia

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Wildlife Wednesday: what’s happening to Nechako River’s giant sturgeon?

Plus: polar bears lacking fat, lady beetles invading Quebec, rockfish conservation takes a hit and floating islands could clean feedlot runoff

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Wildlife Wednesday: how chaos theory can explain narwhals’ weird behaviour

Plus: size matters for female bighorn sheep, the hidden migration of North American dragonflies, helping trees move north and the great white who drew itself

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Wildlife Wednesday: blue shark sightings boom in the Bay of Fundy

Plus: a sticky new way to track polar bears, curious squirrel behaviour, Canada’s answer to the Galapagos and the algal experiment blasting off into space.

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Announcing the winners of the 2022 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year competition

Canadian Geographic is pleased to honour 14 photographers for their outstanding images of Canadian wildlife

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Wildlife Wednesday: SOS! Save our spirit bears!

Plus: muscle re-growing beetles, hitchhiking black widows, root farming pocket gophers and a 40th chick for the world’s oldest common loon

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Wildlife Wednesday: Baby bobcat rescued in Nova Scotia cold, wet, but alive

Plus: Mapping North America’s sea ducks, collecting Yukon’s mosquitos, celebrating Newfoundland’s pine marten success and a rebound for Antarctica’s fin whales

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Wildlife Wednesday: Burgeoning hope for Alberta’s burrowing owls

Plus: skydiving salamanders, Canada’s returning monarch, orca blubber insights, and the woodpecker-wasp conservation dream team. 

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Toronto Zoo welcomes a baby orangutan

Plus: the albatross that loved Vancouver Island, a rare butterfly comeback, PEI lobsters to take a new kind of bait and the migratory birds on a potentially fatal collision course.

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Unravelling the genetic secrets of an ice age relic

The deepwater sculpin thrives in deep lakes and cold temperatures. Researchers are now sequencing its genome to unravel the genetic secrets of this iconic Canadian fish

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Wildlife Wednesday: Meet the newborn giraffe that’s become Toronto Zoo’s lankiest new addition

Plus: a new name for an old pest, a new fund for chimney swifts, giant sponges found on deepsea volcanoes — and the poison weighing down North America's eagles.

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Into the wintry kingdom of the Canada lynx

In the boreal forest, where secretive lynx depend on the snowshoe hare to survive, climate change threatens to upset this longstanding predator-prey relationship

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Canadian photojournalist shortlisted for international award for powerful shot of kangaroo and joey

Jo-Anne McArthur’s photo of a kangaroo and joey who survived the 2020 Australian bushfires is up for the 2021 People’s Choice Award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

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A herd of Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) on Matveev Island, Russia. (Photo: © Yulia Bogomolova/WWF-Russia)

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Calling all walrus detectives: new project seeks citizen scientists to count walrus from space

Project will use satellite imagery to track walrus populations and habitats and guide their conservation

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A grizzly bear lies dead on the side of the road

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Animal crossing: Reconnecting North America’s most important wildlife corridor

This past summer an ambitious wildlife under/overpass system broke ground in B.C. on a deadly stretch of highway just west of the Alberta border. Here’s how it happened.

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A model of a woolly mammoth at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria

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Wildlife Wednesday: Can the woolly mammoth be brought back from extinction?

And moreover, should it? Plus: Dinosaur fight club, birds about town, and tracking whale whoops

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North American dark-eyed junco on a pine branch

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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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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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Common loon with babies

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Wildlife Wednesday: Is the iconic loon in trouble?

Plus: Cross-dressing hummingbirds, tracking genetically modified animals, and Arctic “junk food”

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Wildife Wednesday: What’s going on with Stanley Park’s coyotes?

Plus: Bacterial “first responders,” modelling cod and more marmots

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Empty dish soap bottles arrayed in front of a pond in Nova Scotia

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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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A European starling with iridescent feathers perched in a pine tree

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Wildlife Wednesday: A killer without a name and funding caribou fornication

Highlights and headlines from the world of wildlife this week

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A woolly mammoth with large curling tusks wanders through an icy landscape under billowing grey clouds

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A mammoth journey: how scientists traced a mammoth’s migration

Researchers used chemical tracers to map the movements of an ancient woolly mammoth

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A little brown bat hangs from the roof of a cave

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Wildlife Wednesday: arty badgers, bespoke batcaves and a fantastic fossil find

It's your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news!

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Wildlife Wednesday: The world’s loneliest whale, nest quest, serious suckers and “the worst” plant invasion

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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A cougar sits in a tree

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The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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A black-footed ferret kit is held in a gloved hand in a wooden enclosure

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Wildlife Wednesday: moth outbreak, baby ferrets and an unexpected whale visit

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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A colourful bee moth on a purple flower

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Ready up for National Moth Week 2021!

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Wildlife Wednesday: bison babies, a sled dog’s dinner and saving “the tree of life”

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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A plain pocketbook mussel and its lure

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Lessons in interconnectivity: Ottawa River mussels

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

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Canada jay on a branch

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Oh Canada jay! The story behind an icon-in-the-making

Largely unheralded until Canadian Geographic’s National Bird Project was held, the renamed Canada jay — formerly grey jay — has become in many minds the country’s national bird

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A North Atlantic right whale swims alongside a trio of bottlenose dolphins.

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Wildlife Wednesday: Shrinking right whales, cicada backing bands and a big catch

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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Announcing the winners of the 2020 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition

From plants to ants, Canadian Geographic’s 2020 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition showcases the best of the year’s wildlife photography

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Amanda Vincent on saving seahorses — and all they represent

The award-winning marine conservationist shares her passion for seahorses and marine life by encouraging young minds to save tomorrow’s oceans

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A Canada lynx stands alert in the snow

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Wildlife Wednesday: orca, wolves, skates, hares and pronghorns

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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Juvenile salmon swimming with Darwin’s first known sketch of an evolutionary tree layered on top

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Tracking salmon viruses

DNA sequencing like that used to track COVID-19 helps scientists trace the origins of salmon pathogens in B.C.

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Baby polar bear

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Wildlife Wednesday: baby tigers, scuba lizards and a new Big Five

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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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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‘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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Why some songbirds make migratory pit-stops to replace worn and ragged feathers

An essential process has shaped and moulded the lives of migratory birds

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Puffin sitting on cliffside surrounded by mountains.

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Excerpt: On Time and Water

A look at how global warming impacts foundational conditions for entire ecosystems

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Excerpt: The Bedside Book of Birds

Gorgeously illustrated and woven from centuries of human response to the delights of the feathered tribes, The Bedside Book of Birds is for everyone who is passionate about birds and all they mean to humanity

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Excerpt: How to Be Animal

Melanie Challenger explores the conflict between humanity and the animal in her new book, How to Be Animal: A New History of What it Means to be Human

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Killer tire chemical threatening Canadian salmon

A tire preservative is killing U.S. salmon en masse. The same may be happening in Canada.

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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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“Fossil fish” not the fossil we thought it was

The ancient looking coelacanth gained more than 60 genes in relatively recent history

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Data from space could help protect North Atlantic right whales

The smartWhales program relies on industry collaboration

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Polar bear Hudson Bay coast

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Among the bears

Photographer Martin Gregus recounts his summer 2020 expedition to the western coast of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba

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two pink salmon with green faces splash in a river

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Wild salmon restoration and protection projects receive funding

The goal is to help rejuvenate and restore the habitats of salmon across B.C.

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Excerpt from Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder

A memoir by Julia Zarankin 

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Embracing winter through birding

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

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