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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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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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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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a bowhead whale and calf swim in deep blue waters, edged by ice floes

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A library full of sound: How a new collection of underwater sounds will help protect marine life

The Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds (GLUB) will catalogue sounds from whales to fish (glub?) to boat noise

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The giant crocodiles that once roamed prehistoric B.C.

Plus: Montreal’s mischievous fox, the supersized goldfish invading Canada’s lakes, Arctic fungi under threat and an Indigenous-led movement to collect Canada’s seeds.

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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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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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Ryan Wolfe is the lead researcher on a conservation project aimed at saving Ontario's most endangered snake, the blue racer.

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Racing for Survival: Ontario’s blue racer

One man’s endeavour to save the province’s most endangered snake

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

Your weekly CanGeo round-up of wildlife news

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

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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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A colourful bee moth on a purple flower

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Ready up for National Moth Week 2021!

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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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How to fix a turtle

An Ontario centre is charting new horizons in wildlife rehabilitation — one reconstructed turtle at a time

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A grizzly bear shakes water from its fur in a river

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Broughtons in the balance: As salmon runs fail, grizzlies are on the move

Salmon runs are failing and grizzlies seem to be on the move in the islands between mainland B.C. and northern Vancouver Island. What’s going on in the Broughton Archipelago?

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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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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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‘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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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 cougar sits in a tree

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The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

How 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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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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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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A whale's tail fin can be seen above the water

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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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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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Excerpt from The Canada Jay as the National Bird of Canada

Editor-in-chief and associate publisher Aaron Kylie contributed this chapter to a compilation book about the Canada Jay

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Working with whales through Direct Action

Sydni Long writes about her experience using citizen-reported sightings for the Ocean Bridge program

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A wolverine crawls through snow

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Wolverine: Tracking the elusive trickster

The trickster hero — ferocious, clever and strong — will need all of its ingenuity to continue to flourish

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Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean

Sound is an integral part of a beluga’s life, so the quality of the underwater acoustic environment is very important for the health and survival of belugas

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Pacific killer whales are dying — new research shows why

In the 1990s, an abrupt decline in the fish-eating southern resident population dropped to 75 whales from 98

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Photos: Wolverine life

He refers to them as ‘snow machines.’ Photographer Peter Mather has photographed wolverines in the Yukon and on Alaska’s North Slope

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A wolf stands on a rock

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Excerpt from Takaya: The Lone Wolf

An enchanting and evocative look at the unique relationship between a solitary, island-dwelling wolf and a renowned wildlife photographer

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

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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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Key grassland habitat conserved in southern Saskatchewan

Critical property is home to a number of endangered and threatened species

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Social for science: Using smartphone photos for research

With millions of photos taken globally each day on smartphones, researchers have found they may also contain important ecological clues about our rapidly changing planet

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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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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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Photos: Bear witness

Celebrating a springtime ritual of polar bear cubs emerging from the dens of Manitoba's famed Wapusk National Park

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Conservationist teams up with local communities to save Earth’s largest scaled freshwater fish

By protecting local waterways, the arapaima’s population has already seen a 30-fold increase in the last 10 years

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Excerpt from The Reign of Wolf 21: The Sage of Yellowstone’s Legendary Druid Pack

Rick McIntyre explains the positive impact of wolf reintroduction on the Yellowstone ecosystem

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Wildlife quiz from Canadian Geographic

How much do you know?

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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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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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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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Study finds reef sharks ‘functionally extinct’ from 20 per cent of the world’s reefs

Lead author Aaron MacNeil discusses what this means for coral ecosystems and what Canadians can do to help

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Could cancer have killed the dinosaurs?

Canadian researchers have found the first case of malignant bone cancer in a dinosaur

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More people, more animal encounters mean more human-wildlife conflicts

Conflicts with wildlife in Canada continues to be an issue, but there are ways to keep yourself and wildlife safe

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Flooding increases B.C. numbers of mosquitos

Areas of B.C. are experiencing the emergence of several years of built up mosquito eggs

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Polar bears may die out this century, says new research

Researchers are already seeing the effects of climate change on polar bear reproduction

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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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North Atlantic right whales ‘one step from extinction’

IUCN moves right whales to the second-last step before extinction on endangered species list

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Salmon in the city

Toronto’s waterways play an important role for salmon

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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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Red fox napping on car

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Foxes are self-domesticating in the U.K, so why not Canada?

As foxes move from the forest to the city, they show more doglike traits and appear to be naturally self-domesticating in the U.K. — but the same isn’t happening here at home

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White-throated sparrow

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How a new birdsong “went viral” across Canada

A long-term study of white-throated sparrows in Canada found that the birds have mysteriously changed their tune

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Frog on leaf

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Blurring the edges: A novel form of camouflage discovered with glass frogs

More research necessary to fully understand edge diffusion, say researchers

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